How Intractability Spans the Cognitive and Evolutionary Levels of Explanation

Topics in Cognitive Science 12 (4):1382-1402 (2020)
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This paper focuses on the cognitive/computational and evolutionary levels. It describes three proposals to make cognition computationally tractable, namely: Resource Rationality, the Adaptive Toolbox and Massive Modularity. While each of these proposals appeals to evolutionary considerations to dissolve the intractability of cognition, Rich, Blokpoel, de Haan, and van Rooij argue that, in each case, the intractability challenge is not resolved, but just relocated to the level of evolution.



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Iris van Rooij
Radboud University Nijmegen
Patricia Rich
Universität Bayreuth