Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Thinking tools: Acquired skills, cultural niche construction, and thinking with things

Ben Jeffaresa1

a1 Philosophy Program, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.


The investigative strategy that Vaesen uses presumes that cognitive skills are to some extent hardwired; developmentally plastic traits would not provide the relevant comparative information. But recent views of cognition that stress external resources, and evolutionary accounts such as cultural niche construction, urge us to think carefully about the role of technology in shaping cognition.

Related Articles

    The cognitive bases of human tool use Krist Vaesen Philosophy & Ethics, School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands.