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Kim Sterelny Primatenwelten in D. Perler/M. Wild (Hg.) Der Geist der Tiere, Frankfurt 2005

Perler I 371
Behavior/prediction/control/mind/representation:
a) simple case: the attribution and prediction of the behavior of other animals is initially more efficient if instead of an explicit representation only a "hidden variable" is assumed.
b) complex case: if the behavior becomes more complex however, the representation of foreign mental states is more efficient!
If one can trace the inner state, one no longer needs to trace every single connection between stimulus and behavior.

Tie I
D. Perler/M. Wild (Hg)
Der Geist der Tiere Frankfurt 2005




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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-30