The Knowing Mind
Natural selection built the brain to survive in the world and only incidentally to understand it at a depth greater than is necessary to survive.
—E. O. Wilson, 1998 (p. 61)
What does it mean to know something, if it does not mean having something like a sentence or a picture in the mind that constitutes that knowledge? It seems to me that the prospects for a new theory of mind turn on this question. If it cannot be answered, or if the answer is some kind of conceptual monstrosity, then we are probably better off sticking with ...