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Offline dublin

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Re: Theory of Mind
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2014, 01:48:26 PM »
or they might just touch the other monkey's head in which case it is just curiosity
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Re: Theory of Mind
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2014, 03:07:00 PM »
But that's unlikely-- if so, wouldn't they touch the mirror?
Or are you suggesting that they understand how a mirror works (it isn't real, just a reflection) but not that they are the same individual shown there?

Note: now I really want to know what would happen in this experiment!
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Re: Theory of Mind
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2015, 05:18:10 AM »
As Daniel says above, maybe it's a question of gradience and other species do have reflective beliefs (see Sperber's paper below). But surely, this human ability to embed representations into other representations seems to be boundless in humans. I have always claimed, tongue in cheek, that this unlimited faculty is what ancients called the human soul; accept it or not; however, it surely is the basis of all theories of mind.

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Re: Theory of Mind
« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2015, 04:29:07 PM »
First of all, I don't think that anyone has yet pointed to the useful (lengthy!) Wikipedia article on Theory of Mind.  There are still folks who turn their noses up at Wikipedia references, but I usually find them to give quite useful background information for discussion topics.

One of the great linguists of the 20th century, Charles Fillmore, passed away recently.  He was my mentor when it came to lexical semantics.  A few years ago, I met him at an ACL conference in Montreal, and he gave me a definition of language that still resonates deeply with me--Language is word-guided mental telepathy

Well, if you understand Frame Semantics, you know where he is coming from, but I was very familiar with his thinking since my undergraduate days.  He had been my advisor when I was an undergraduate linguistics major at Ohio State University.  And he had been profoundly affected by Roger Schank's contribution to discourse understanding.  He always approached language in terms of its relationship to a conceptual framework.  So it makes sense to think of language as catalysis for the blending of two separate trains of thought.  The deeper question, I suppose, is how we ought to think of a "train of thought".  What does it consist of?

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Re: Theory of Mind
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2015, 12:30:32 AM »
Yes, the human mind will reveal thought process based on the way the eyes move to different quadrants of the brain, recalling images, or creating them.

So, if an animal looks to the left, you know it's lying. ;D