Why did a brain like yours evolve
A note for The Half-Lesson, "Your Brain Is Not for Thinking," in Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 2 is:
Why did a brain like yours evolve?
Statements like “Your brain is for this” and “Your brain evolved to do that” are examples of teleology.
For a quick discussion of teleology, see this reference.
For details more on "contextual, relational cognition," the type of teleology used in the Half-Lesson, see this reference.
- Mayr, Ernst. 2004. What Makes Biology Unique? Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
- Ojalehto, Bethany, Sandra R. Waxman, and Douglas L. Medin. 2013. "Teleological Reasoning About Nature: Intentional Design or Relational Perspectives?" Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17 (4): 166–171.