a1 Department of Psychology, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY 10027. email@example.com
Carey's superb discussion of the origin of concepts is extended into the field of cognitive ethology. I also suggest that agency may be a default mechanism, often leading to over-attribution. The problem therefore becomes one of specifying the conditions in which agency is not attributed. The significance of attentional/focusing abilities on conceptual development is also emphasized.
(Online publication May 19 2011)