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What Makes Neurophysiology Meaningful? Semantic Content Ascriptions in Insect Navigation Research

Dhein, Kelle (2020) What Makes Neurophysiology Meaningful? Semantic Content Ascriptions in Insect Navigation Research. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In the course of investigating the living world, biologists regularly attribute semantic content to the phenomena they study. In this paper, I examine the case of a contemporary research program studying the navigation behaviors of ants and develop an account of the norms governing researchers’ ascriptions of semantic content in their research practices. The account holds that researchers assign semantic content to behaviors that reliably achieve a difficult goal-directed function, and it also suggests a productive role for attributions of semantic content in the process of animal behavior research.


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Dhein, Kelledheinkelle@gmail.com0000-0002-1009-0615
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Biology & Philosophy on September 9th, 2020.
Keywords: Biological Information, Semantic Content, Scientific Practice, Ethology, Animal Navigation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Action
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Depositing User: Kelle Dhein
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2020 14:20
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2020 14:20
Item ID: 18075
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Action
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Date: 9 September 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18075

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