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I see the Private Language argument as the best way to dismiss solipsism, and to establish that truly private experiences are not coherent - though considering non-social adaptively intelligent animals seems to indicate limits to that (in the sense of language as conceptual abstracts, but not in the sense of a shared cognitive/evolutionary space of mutual ...


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The octopus is probably quite a good model. It is included among the sentient creatures in the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, which states that; “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and ...


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Theory of Mind is a concept in developmental psychology, in which a baby or toddler realizes that objects can have a point of view, intentions, and plans. It is generally discussed as a "theory of other minds", as the toddler makes the inference from their own mind operation to conclude that active objects in its world also have minds. Theory of Mind is ...


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Devitt summarizes and defends his claims here. He makes the following distinctions: Distinguish the theory of a [linguistic] competence from the theory of its outputs/products or inputs. Distinguish the structure rules governing the outputs of a [linguistic] competence from the processing rules governing the exercise of the competence. Distinguish the ...


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The theory-theory (or theory of mind) is generally considered a successful (even indispensable) theory throughout history, such as contemporary functionalist Jerry Fodor. The pure TT hinges on the fact that the attribution of mental states to another mind is justified only on folk psychological conceptual level theory without any use of lower-level ...


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It is not possible to tell something objective about the "feelings" of a non-human entity due to multiple reasons. First, the concept of feeling is the result of a set of subjective experiences. Even if you agree about the meaning of pain with another human being, the concepts behind are completely different. Each one develops an idea of what it does mean ...


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