The second of two new articles on my philosophy blog.
In the previous article Changing the Mind I have argued that cognitive systems might be changed by new information they assimilate from the environment and incorporate into their structure.
If new procedures and representations can arise in the mind, the original structures might completely fall into disuse. So it is possible that there is no fixed, unchanging core of cognition at all. Instead, the initial structures might merely act as a scaffold that is used only temporarily to generate new structures that can then replace it. This scaffold structure might be genetically determined and it might vary between people, but it would not make sense to talk of a “human nature” again if cognition can leave that structure behind and there is no fixed unchanging core of human cognition. Instead, cognition would largely be determined by culture. For culture in turn, the same would hold as for the individual cognitive…
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