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Cognitive gadgets: A provocative but flawed manifesto

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 September 2019

Marco Del Giudice*
Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. marcodg@unm.edu


The argument against innatism at the heart of Cognitive Gadgets is provocative but premature, and is vitiated by dichotomous thinking, interpretive double standards, and evidence cherry-picking. I illustrate my criticism by addressing the heritability of imitation and mindreading, the relevance of twin studies, and the meaning of cross-cultural differences in theory of mind development. Reaching an integrative understanding of genetic inheritance, plasticity, and learning is a formidable task that demands a more nuanced evolutionary approach.

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