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9, 12. 32. Compare Rosenberg, Philosophy of Social Science, pp. 17–19. 33. For a sense of the characteristic concerns of the unity of science movement, see Carl G. Hempel, Aspects of Scientific Explanation (New York: Free Press, 1965); and Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 1, ed. Herbert Feigl and Michael Scriven (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1956). 34. See, particularly, “What is Human Agency,” “Self-interpreting Animals,” and “Theories of Meaning,” in vol. 1 of Taylor’s Philosophical Papers.

Self-corrective inquiry needs to be harnessed to the felt insecurity and uncertainty that are not just remnants of our biological past; they are endless lively events in our present context that are not likely to be eradicated. As John Dewey (1925, 1989) would put it: we hunt for the stable amid the precarious (see also Godfrey-Smith 2002). Yet lurking within the mind-brain is unease about predators and concern about acquisition of food and shelter, along with unchecked levels of aspiration mixed with human gluttony.

We also come prepared with a variety of useful heuristics for solving problems (Simon 1982; Barkow et al 1992; Gigerenzer and Selten 2001). Distinct ways of categorizing can include the following (adapted from Pinker 1994, 1998). Ideas about living objects Ideas about objects and mechanics Ideas about language Ideas about probability Ideas about food sources (avoidance and approach) Ideas about kinship relations Ideas about fairness 42 JAY SCHULKIN There appear to be categories that we readily accept and objects that we look for in our surroundings (Barkow et al 1992; Medin and Atran 1999; Carey and Gelman 1991).

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