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Massive Modularity and Brain Evolution

Machery, Edouard (2006) Massive Modularity and Brain Evolution. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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Quartz (2002) argues that some recent findings about the evolution of the brain (Finlay & Darlington, 1995) are inconsistent with evolutionary psychologists’ massive modularity hypothesis. In substance, Quartz contends that since the volume of the neocortex evolved in a concerted manner, natural selection did not act on neocortical systems independently of each other, which is a necessary condition for the massive modularity of our cognition to be true. I argue however that Quartz’s argument fails to undermine the massive modularity hypothesis.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Machery, Edouard
Keywords: Brain evolution, massive modularity, allometry, evolutionary psychology, neocortex
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Psychology
Depositing User: Edouard Machery
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 2972

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