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Making MindsHow Theory of Mind Develops$
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Henry M. Wellman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199334919

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334919.001.0001

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The Landscape of Mind

The Landscape of Mind

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Making Minds

Henry M. Wellman

Oxford University Press

Theory of mind is embedded within a great many fundamental human activities and ideas. A concluding review of some additional research and topics helps sum up the nature and import of theory of mind and its development. Thus, this concluding chapter considers our human propensity for gossip, our fascination with stories, and the ever presence of narratives and narrative cognition in human life, including our own autobiographical cognitions. It explores as well telling errors in adult understanding of minds, including our incorrect everyday theories of how perception works (extromission) and incorrect understanding of how lying works and how to detect liars. Complementing such errors are fascinating, unsuspected accuracies, evident at the least in blind individuals’ understandings of seeing. The chapter and book end by considering alternative, developed theories of mind that differ from our more standard, lay, Western theory, and in particular Buddhist understanding of mind and mindfulness.

Keywords:   gossip, narrative, stories, autobiography, lying, lie detection, blindness, Buddhism, mindfulness

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