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Invisible MindFlexible Social Cognition and Dehumanization$
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Lasana T. Harris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035965

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035965.001.0001

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Further Societal Implications

Further Societal Implications

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(p.173) 10 Further Societal Implications
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Invisible Mind
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Lasana T. Harris

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035965.003.0010

The tenth and concluding chapter revisits the classic equation introduced in the first chapter, and wonders whether the terms in the equation could be further specified. Specifically, it asks whether the social context could be further specified. It argues that the brain is continuously evolving, and modern environmental pressures will continue to shape social cognition. It explores two other contexts where flexible social cognition may be necessary: medical care and non-violent inter-group competition. Finally, it imagines how social cognition might shape human beings over the next hundred years given technological advancements that facilitate and hamper this most important cognitive ability.

Keywords:   Social context, Medical care, Inter-group competition

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