Gregg E. A. Solomon a1 a1 Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139
There are problems with Atran's argument for an innate
cognitive module for folk biology. He has been too quick to assume
innate origins for what might plausibly be learned. Furthermore, in
his characterization he includes aspects – essentialist
reasoning and inductions from classes – that are not
domain-specific. Finally, his characterization compromises his
argument that the module is pretheoretical.