Mind-Brain Lecture: Richard Menary (Macquarie Univ)
Much thinking about cognition proceeds on the assumption that we are born with our primary cognitive faculties intact and they simply need to mature, or be fine-tuned by learning mechanisms. Alternatively, a growing number of thinkers are aligning themselves to the view that a process of enculturation transforms our basic biological faculties. What evidence is there for this process of enculturation? A long period of development, learning-driven plasticity, and a cultural environment suffused with practices, symbols, and complex social interactions all speak in its favour. In this paper I will sketch in outline the commitments of the enculturated approach and then look at several cases of enculturation. I will then defend the account against several objections.
Organized by the Einstein Group Jesse Prinz “Consciousness, Emotions, Values”