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  Towards ending the animal cognition war: a three-dimensional model of causal cognition

Starzak, T. B., & Gray, R. D. (2021). Towards ending the animal cognition war: a three-dimensional model of causal cognition. Biology and Philosophy, 36(2): 9. doi:10.1007/s10539-021-09779-1.

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Starzak, Tobias Benjamin, Author
Gray, Russell D.1, Author              
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1Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Max Planck Society, ou_3237541              

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Free keywords: Comparative psychology, Causal understanding, Cognitive evolution, Animal cognition, Concept of understanding
 Abstract: Debates in animal cognition are frequently polarized between the romantic view that some species have human-like causal understanding and the killjoy view that human causal reasoning is unique. These apparently endless debates are often characterized by conceptual confusions and accusations of straw-men positions. What is needed is an account of causal understanding that enables researchers to investigate both similarities and differences in cognitive abilities in an incremental evolutionary framework. Here we outline the ways in which a three-dimensional model of causal understanding fulfills these criteria. We describe how this approach clarifies what is at stake, illuminates recent experiments on both physical and social cognition, and plots a path for productive future research that avoids the romantic/killjoy dichotomy.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-02-192021-04
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 24
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 Table of Contents: Introduction
Dissecting disagreement
- Principles of interpretation
- A big misunderstanding and the conceptual question
The conceptual space of causal cognition
- Causal information
-- Difference‑making accounts of causality
-- Geometrical–mechanical accounts
- Difference‑making and geometrical–mechanical aspects of human concept of causation
- Understanding causality
- Parameters of causal cognition
-- a) Sources of causal information
-- b) Integration
-- c) Explicitness
From causal cognition to causal understanding
- A three‑dimensional model of causal cognition
- The evolution of causal cognition and the nature of causal understanding
- The metrics of the model and future research
Conclusion
 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1007/s10539-021-09779-1
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Title: Biology and Philosophy
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 36 (2) Sequence Number: 9 Start / End Page: - Identifier: Other: 0169-3867
Other: 1572-8404
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/0169-3867