World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Evolutionary logic

Article Id: WHEBN0018245288
Reproduction Date:

Title: Evolutionary logic  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Logic, Index of philosophy of science articles, Index of logic articles
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Evolutionary logic

Evolutionary Logic is the idea that logical rules can be reduced to biology. It is a theory of rationality in which rational and logical rules emerged for pragmatic reasons, and are therefore not special laws. The formal systems of logic have ordinarily been studied independently, but (continual) progress in evolutionary theory suggests that biology and logic could be intimately interrelated. Evolutionary Logic suggests that the principles of reasoning are neither fixed, absolute, independent, nor elemental. Instead it is the evolutionary dynamic that is elemental.

William S. Cooper argues in the book The Evolution of Reason that logical rules are derived directly from evolutionary principles.[1] Logical rules are derived directly from evolutionary principles, and therefore, have no metaphysical status of their own.

Modularity theory of mind

The Modularity theory of mind is the notion that a mind, at least in part, may be composed of separate innate structures which have established evolutionarily-developed functional purposes. Individuals including Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, Leda Cosmides, John Tooby, and David Buss, believed that all brain functions were founded on specific modules – there would be modules for language, for mating, religion, etc., and so logic.

As archaeologist Steven Mithen writes in The Prehistory of Mind (1996), there is evidence that our ancestors began with a generic intelligence, such as we find in apes.

Others have suggested that ancestors developed three major specialized modules: one for naive physics; one for manufacture of instruments; and one for culture and the politics of coexistence.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ William S. Cooper. The Evolution of Reason: Logic as a Branch of Biology. Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology. ISBN 978-0-521-54025-4
  2. ^ Luís Moniz Pereira. Evolutionary Psychology and the Unity of Sciences – Towards an evolutionary epistemology
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.