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Siren call of Metaphor: subverting the proper task of System Neuroscience

By M.D. Gerhard Werner

Abstract

Under the assumption that nervous systems form a distinct category among the objects in Nature, applying metaphors of psychological and behavioral science disciplines is flawed and invites confusion. Moreover, such practices obscure and detract from the primary task of Neurophysiology: to investigate the intrinsic properties of nervous systems, uncontaminated with concepts borrowed from other disciplines. A comprehensive fundamental theory of nervous systems is expected to have the character of high dimensional nonlinear systems in which state space transitions, set in motion by external influences, self-organize to dynamic state space configuration with consequences for behavio

Topics: Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Neurophysiology, Philosophy of Science, Behavioral Neuroscience
Publisher: World Scientific
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:3719

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