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We argue that the claim that essence-based causal explanations emerge, hydra-like, from an inherence heuristic is incomplete. No plausible mechanism for the transition from concrete properties, or cues, to essences is provided. Moreover, the fundamental shotgun and storytelling mechanisms of the inherence heuristic are not clearly enough specified to distinguish them, developmentally, from associative or causal networks.

Original publication

DOI

10.1017/S0140525X13003798

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behav Brain Sci

Publication Date

10/2014

Volume

37

Pages

494 - 495

Keywords

Cognition, Concept Formation, Humans, Learning, Logic