Psychology Dictionary of Arguments

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Thinking: Thinking is a cognitive process that involves mental activities such as reasoning, problem solving, decision making, imagination and conceptualization. These operations enable individuals to process information, make sense of their experiences and interact with the world around them.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Michael Tomasello on Thinking - Dictionary of Arguments

Gärdenfors I 72
Thinking without language/Tomasello/Gärdenfors: thesis: Thinking is more original than language: For example, to assume that language is a cause of human thinking is like the thesis that money is the cause of economics. (Tomasello 1999(1), p. 94).
>Thinking without language
, >World/thinking, >Language and thought, >Language, >Developmental stages.
Gärdenfors: But even before the money came up, people were trading.
I 73
The language was also later added to communication and made it more efficient, just as money made trade more efficient.
>Communication, >Communication media.

1. Tomasello, M. (1999). The cultural origins of human cognition. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Tomasello I
Michael Tomasello
Die Ursprünge der menschlichen Kommunikation Frankfurt/M. 2011

Gä I
P. Gärdenfors
The Geometry of Meaning Cambridge 2014

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