In the tiniest house of time: Parametric constraints in evolutionary models of symbolization

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (4):513-514 (2005)


Steels & Belpaeme (S&B) describe the role of genetic evolution in linguistic category sharing among a population of agents. We consider their methodology and conclude that, although it is plausible that genetic evolution is sufficient for such tasks, there is a bias in the presented work for such a conclusion to be reached. We suggest ways to eliminate this bias and make the model more convincingly relevant to the cognitive sciences.

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