The discussion will take up questions such as: What does it mean
to say that a cognitive mechanism is functionally specialized? What
would evidence of functional specialization be? What would evidence
for general-purpose mechanisms be? How could one correctly identify
the proper function of a mechanism, generalized or specialized? Which
criteria derive from evolutionary biology, and which from cognitive science?
What is meant by domain-specificity vs. domain-generality in human cognition?
How can humans engage in a multitude of evolutionarily novel activities
if many cognitive competences are specialized? What are likely human domains?
What is the relationship between functional specializations and modularity?
What is human culture, and is human cultural variation evidence for a tabula
rasa mind? Are general-purpose mechanisms required for behavioral
flexibility? Why, historically, have social scientists, behavioral
scientists, and neuroscientists strongly preferred associationist or other