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    Cognitive gadgets and genetic accommodation
    with Eva Jablonka and Daniel Dor
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 42. 2019.
    Heyes argues that human metacognitive strategies evolved through cultural rather than genetic evolution. Although we agree that increased plasticity is the hallmark of human metacognition, we suggest cognitive malleability required the genetic accommodation of gadget-specific processes that enhanced the overall cognitive flexibility of humans.
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    The evolution of cultural gadgets
    with Daniel Dor and Eva Jablonka
    Mind and Language 34 (4): 518-529. 2019.
    Mind &Language, Volume 34, Issue 4, Page 518-529, September 2019.
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    The Evolutionary Origins of Consciousness: Suggesting a Transition Marker
    with Z. Z. Bronfman
    Journal of Consciousness Studies 23 (9-10): 7-34. 2016.
    We suggest an approach to studying consciousness that focuses on its evolutionary origins. The proposed framework is inspired by the study of the transition from inanimate matter to life, which proved extremely useful for understanding what 'life' entails. We follow the theoretical and methodological scheme put forward by Tibor Ganti, who suggested a marker for the transition to life -- an evolved feature that is sufficient for ascribing dynamic persistence to a minimal living system and that ca…Read more
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    Functional Information: a Graded Taxonomy of Difference Makers
    with Nir Fresco and Eva Jablonka
    Review of Philosophy and Psychology. forthcoming.
    There are many different notions of information in logic, epistemology, psychology, biology and cognitive science, which are employed differently in each discipline, often with little overlap. Since our interest here is in biological processes and organisms, we develop a taxonomy of functional information that extends the standard cue/signal distinction. Three general, main claims are advanced here. This new taxonomy can be useful in describing learning and communication. It avoids some problems…Read more
  • Experiencing: A Jamesian Approach
    with E. Jablonka
    Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (5-6): 102-104. 2010.
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    Experiencing: a Jamesian approach
    Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (5-6): 5-6. 2010.
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    Scaffolding emotions and evolving language
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35 (3): 154-155. 2012.
    We suggest that, in animals, the core-affect system is linked to partially assimilated behavioral dispositions that act as developmental scaffolds for the ontogenetic construction of emotions. We also propose that in humans the evolution of language altered the control of emotions, leading to categories that can be adequately captured only by emotion-words
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    This is the first of two papers in which we propose an evolutionary route for the transition from sensory processing to unlimited experiencing, or basic consciousness. We argue that although an evolutionary analysis does not provide a formal definition and set of sufficient conditions for consciousness, it can identify crucial factors and suggest what evolutionary changes enabled the transition. We believe that the raw material from which feelings were molded by natural selection was a global se…Read more
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    We discuss the evolutionary transition from animals with limited experiencing to animals with unlimited experiencing and basic consciousness. This transition was, we suggest, intimately linked with the evolution of associative learning and with flexible reward systems based on, and modifiable by, learning. During associative learning, new pathways relating stimuli and effects are formed within a highly integrated and continuously active nervous system. We argue that the memory traces left by suc…Read more