Ideas of Steven Pinker, by Theme

[American, fl. 1998, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.]

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7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 2. Reduction
Good reductionism connects fields of knowledge, but doesn't replace one with another
12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 2. Associationism
Connectionists say the mind is a general purpose learning device
12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 3. Memory
Is memory stored in protein sequences, neurons, synapses, or synapse-strengths?
16. Persons / G. Free Will / 1. Free Will / c. Free will critique
Roundworms live successfully with 302 neurons, so human freedom comes from our trillions
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 4. Connectionism
Neural networks can generalise their training, e.g. truths about tigers apply mostly to lions
There are five types of reasoning that seem beyond connectionist systems
22. Metaethics / C. Sources of Ethics / 2. Human Nature
Many think that accepting human nature is to accept innumerable evils
27. Natural Reality / C. Biology / 2. Life
In 1828, the stuff of life was shown to be ordinary chemistry, not a magic gel
27. Natural Reality / C. Biology / 3. Evolution
All the evidence says evolution is cruel and wasteful, not intelligent
Intelligent Design says that every unexplained phenomenon must be design, by default