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The ISA Theory: Foundations and Elaborations

Peter Carruthers

in The Opacity of Mind

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596195
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596195.003.0003
The ISA Theory: Foundations and Elaborations

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This chapter further develops and supports the interpretive sensory-access (ISA) account of the nature and sources of self-knowledge. One goal is expository—it is to develop and explain the ISA theory in more detail than has been done up to this point in the book. But another goal is to show that the ISA account draws significant support from three well-established theories in cognitive science. These are global broadcasting theory, theories of sensory-based working memory, and theories that see the evolution of metarepresentational capacities as driven by the demands of living in complex social groups.

Keywords: Baars; Baddeley; evolution; global broadcast; interpretive; metarepresentation; mindreading; perceptual; sensory-access; social intelligence; working memory

Chapter.  16352 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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