How is mindreading really like reading?

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Authors

  • Ian A. Apperly

Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

I suggest an alternative basis for Heyes' analogy between cultural learning of mindreading and text reading. Unlike text reading, mindreading does not entail decoding of observable stimuli. Like text reading, mindreading requires relevant inferences. Identification of relevant inferences is a deeply challenging problem, and the most important contribution of cultural learning to mindreading may be an apprenticeship in thinking like a mindreader.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e170
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Volume42
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2019