Seminar in Cognitive Science
Instructions for Essay 2
- Nov. 2: Paul Thagard, Truth, Explanation, and Power, Grad House 4-6.
- Dec. 6 (morning): Waterloo Ignorance Day. Faculty reveal:: What I Wish I Knew About Mind, Brain, and Intelligence!
Week 8: Evolution and Domain Specificity
Questions about evolution (chs. 15)
- What brain changes made humans creative?
- What cultural changes made humans more creative?
- How does language aid creativity?
- Is cultural change a Darwinian process? Is memetics useful?
- Was creativity selected for in biological evolution, or is it a side effect?
Questions about domain specificity (ch. 17)
- What are some fields in which you are capable or incapable of being creative?
- What is the problem of domain specificity of creativity? What are the alternative positions?
- Does talent trump domain?
- What are the best candidates for cognitive mechanisms that are part of general creativity?
- What are the best candidates for cognitive mechanisms that are part of creativity in specific domains?
- Is intelligence domain general or specific?
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