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Theory of Mind

Theory of Mind is a person’s ability to understand the thoughts, intentions, beliefs and feelings of others (and themselves). It arises as a consequence of the mind’s ability to reflect upon itself. The ability develops early and certain early infant behaviors provide the basic foundation for this so-called ‘mind-reading’.

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It would be surprising if the meaning of our utterances turned out not to derive, in part at least, from the thoughts and other mental states that these utterances express. Were that so, language would be failing in one of its main functions. The computational theory…

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