Constructivism: Can directed mutation improve on classical neural selection?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 20 (4):574-575 (1997)
Abstract
Quartz & Sejnowski (Q&S) find flaws in standard theories of neural selection, which they propose to repair by introducing Lamarckian mechanisms for anatomical refinement that are analogous to directed mutation in evolution. The reversal of cause and effect that these mechanisms require is no more plausible in an explanation of cognition than it is in an explanation of evolution.
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