Introduction to Cognitive Science

Introduction to Cognitive Science

the introductory chapter from Thagard’s Introduction to Cognitive Science text and Stephen Stich’s Two Cultures and the Promise of Cognitive Science,

the introductory chapter from Thagard’s Introduction to Cognitive Science text and Stephen Stich’s Two Cultures and the Promise of Cognitive Science, from his book From Folk Psychology to Cognitive Science. Thagard’s text gives an overview of what Cognitive Science aims to explain, the presumptions it makes on the way to explain, and its style of explaining, Much of this, he puts under the rubric CRUM (the computational-representational understanding of the mind). Stich, on the other hand, attempts to unpack what he thinks are the ways in which advances in Cognitive Science might force revisions to folk psychology on us, specifically, he thinks that the folk psychological understanding of belief is not compatible with cognitive science.

Question: As you understand it currently (as a result of your background, your prior research, and what we’ve discussed in class so far), do you think that cognitive science, either its results or its approach to explaining human behavior, is compatible with folk psychology? I would suggest that in answering this question you attempt to characterize folk psychology, cognitive science, and CRUM. You may want to focus on one aspect of folk psychology that either seems at odds with or compatible with cognitive science. If so, you should focus on characterizing the particular aspect of mind that folk psychology and cognitive science agree/disagree on, and bring to the foreground in what ways there is agreement/disagreement.

Answer preview for the introductory chapter from Thagard’s Introduction to Cognitive Science text and Stephen Stich’s Two Cultures and the Promise of Cognitive Science,

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