Carruthers on massive modularity

Ian Stephen, Darren Burke, Danielle Sulikowski

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In The Architecture of the Mind: Massive Modularity and the Flexibility of Thought, Carruthers (2006) defends the concept of massive modularity of the human mind. He first distinguishes massive modularity (that the brain is composed entirely of modules) from Fodorian modularity (which postulated peripheral modules feeding into a domain-general central processor/s). He then provides a series of three formal arguments for the massive modularity of mind: an argument based on the architecture of complex biological systems; an argument appealing to task specificity, which is supported largely by comparative evidence; and an argument from computational tractability. The current entry summarizes Carruthers’ position and notes some key challenges that his arguments have recei ...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of evolutionary psychological science
EditorsViviana Weekes-Shackelford, Todd Shackelford
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319169996
Publication statusPublished - 03 Nov 2016


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