Evolved biocultural beings (who invented computers)

Louise Barrett, Thomas Pollet, Gert Stulp

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Abstract

Many thanks to Bryant (2015) for keeping the conversation lively, and engaging in further debate on our paper (Barrett et al., 2014). Although Bryant raises several interesting points, it appears that, as with our previous commentators, there was some misunderstanding of our aim, which simply was to answer the question posed for us: does evolutionary psychology represent an alternative to computational theories of mind? To reiterate, we suggested that Santa Barbara-style EP could not be an alternative given that it already is a computational theory of mind. Bryant (2015) apparently considers this question ill-posed, given his assertion that viewing “the mind as a case of digital computation” is “the only game in town.” Our friendly suggestion here is that perhaps he needs to get out a little more, and sample more fully the alternatives on offer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1047
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2015

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