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Harnad, Stevan (2007) Spare Me the Complements: An Immoderate Proposal for Eliminating the "We/They" Category Boundary. In: Social Brain Matters. Cognitive Science (190). Argimon, Amsterdam/New York. ISBN 978-90-420-2216-4

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A speculative hypothesis about how to eliminate the "we/they" distinction by rearing children (during early critical years) in "aggregates in flux" instead of in kinship-based families: A category cannot be formed from positive examples only: one must be able to sample both what is and what is not in a category in order to recognise the category at all. The basis for the distinction is the features shared by the members (invariants), and absent from the non-members. In "aggregates in flux," the individual members would be constantly varying (and unrelated, genetically). The only invariant would be that they are all human.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: category learning, uncomplemented categories, early experience, socialization, critical period, ethnocentrism, we/they distinction
Subjects: Biological Sciences > Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Professor Stevan Harnad
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2008 14:23
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2010 14:26
URI: http://opendepot.org/id/eprint/33

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