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

Werner, M.D. Gerhard (2004) Siren call of Metaphor: subverting the proper task of System Neuroscience. [Journal (Paginated)] (In Press)

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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 behavior

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
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Keywords:attractors, brain state space, cognitive neurophysiology, conditioned motor behavior, naturalism, metaphor
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
ID Code:3719
Deposited By: Werner, Gerhard
Deposited On:13 Jul 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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