TY - UNPB ID - cogprints150 UR - http://cogprints.org/150/ A1 - Josephson, Brian D. TI - Constructional Tools as the Origin of Cognitive Capacities Y1 - 2000/// N2 - It is argued that cognitive capacities can be understood as the outcome of the collective action of a set of agents created by tools that explore possible behaviours and train the agents to behave in such appropriate ways as may be discovered. The coherence of the whole system is assured by a combination of vetting the performance of new agents and dealing appropriately with any faults that the whole system may develop. This picture is shown to account for a range of cognitive capacities, including language. AV - public KW - development KW - cognition KW - learning KW - agents KW - neural networks KW - modules KW - tools KW - paradigms KW - domain specificity KW - issue resolution KW - language. ER -