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A pointer's hypothesis of general intelligence evolved from domain-specific demands

  • X. T. (Xiao-Tian) Wang (a1)


A higher-order function may evolve phylogenetically if it is demanded by multiple domain-specific modules. Task-specificity to solve a unique adaptive problem (e.g., foraging or mating) should be distinguished from function-specificity to deal with a common computational demand (e.g., numeracy, verbal communication) required by many tasks. A localized brain function is likely a result of such common computational demand.



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