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Innateness, Universals, Diversity


Is the mind equipped with universal biases? If so, how can we account for the well-recognized diversity of human cognition? And if universal biases do exist, what is their source—do they reflect innate principles of core knowledge, or can they emerge from domain-general pressures? Finally, how can we, cognitive scientists, “get” human nature better—minimizing the pitfalls of our intuitive cognitive biases and our narrow WEIRD perspective?

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