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Efficient CognitionThe Evolution of Representational Decision Making$
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Armin W. Schulz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037600

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037600.001.0001

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The Need for a New Account of the Evolution of Representational Decision Making

The Need for a New Account of the Evolution of Representational Decision Making

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(p.65) 4 The Need for a New Account of the Evolution of Representational Decision Making
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Efficient Cognition
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Armin W. Schulz

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037600.003.0004

This chapter discusses in some detail three of the key accounts of the evolution of representational decision making in the literature: (a) Ruth Millikan’s specialization-based account, (b) causality-based accounts, and (c) Kim Sterelny’s flexibility-based account. It shows that while this work makes some very important suggestions that should not be overlooked, by itself, it fails to provide a detailed and well-grounded account of the evolution of representational decision making.

Keywords:   pushmi-pullyu representations, causal reasoning, environmental complexity

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