The evolution of cognition - a hypothesis

Cruse H (2003)
Cognitive Science 27(1): 135-155.

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Behavior may be controlled by reactive systems. In a reactive system the motor output is exclusively driven by actual sensory input. An alternative solution to control behavior is given by "cognitive" systems capable of planning ahead. To this end the system has to be equipped with some kind of internal world model. A sensible basis of an internal world model might be a model of the system's own body. I show that a reactive system with the ability to control a body of complex geometry requires only a slight reorganization to form a cognitive system. This implies that the assumption that the evolution of cognitive properties requires the introduction of new, additional modules, namely internal world models, is not justified. Rather, these modules may already have existed before the system obtained cognitive properties. Furthermore, I discuss whether the occurrence of such world models may lead to systems having internal perspective. (C) 2002 Cognitive Science Society, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Cruse H. The evolution of cognition - a hypothesis. Cognitive Science. 2003;27(1):135-155.
Cruse, H. (2003). The evolution of cognition - a hypothesis. Cognitive Science, 27(1), 135-155.
Cruse, H. (2003). The evolution of cognition - a hypothesis. Cognitive Science 27, 135-155.
Cruse, H., 2003. The evolution of cognition - a hypothesis. Cognitive Science, 27(1), p 135-155.
H. Cruse, “The evolution of cognition - a hypothesis”, Cognitive Science, vol. 27, 2003, pp. 135-155.
Cruse, H.: The evolution of cognition - a hypothesis. Cognitive Science. 27, 135-155 (2003).
Cruse, Holk. “The evolution of cognition - a hypothesis”. Cognitive Science 27.1 (2003): 135-155.
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