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Mental Machines

Barack, David L (2019) Mental Machines. [Preprint]

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Cognitive neuroscientists are turning to an increasingly rich array of neurodynamical systems to explain mental phenomena. In these explanations, cognitive capacities are decomposed into a set of functions, each of which is described mathematically, and then these descriptions are mapped on to corresponding mathematical descriptions of the dynamics of neural systems. In this paper, I outline a novel explanatory schema based on these explanations. I then argue that these explanations present a novel type of dynamicism for the philosophy of mind and neuroscience, componential dynamicism, that focuses on the parts of cognitive systems that fill certain functional roles in producing cognitive phenomena.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Barack, David Ldbarack@gmail.com0000-0001-7131-4638
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Biology and Philosophy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr David Barack
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2019 12:43
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 12:43
Item ID: 16631
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
General Issues > Explanation
Date: November 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16631

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