British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 50 (1):103-135 (1999)
|Abstract||Some recent cognitive-scientific research suggests that a considerable amount of intelligent action is generated not by the systematic activity of internal representations, but by complex interactions involving neural, bodily, and environmental factors. Following an analysis of this threat to representational explanation, we pursue an analogy between the role of genes in the production of biological form and the role of neural states in the production of behaviour, in order to develop a notion of genic representation. In both cases an appeal to normal ecological context is used to balance multi-factoral, interactive causal determination against the intuition that certain aspects of the causal nexus play a special role in promoting adaptive success. Certain worries abut this vision help us to get a better grip on the concept of genic representation itself. We end with a puzzle concerning the relation between cognition and representation.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Robert N. Brandon & H. Frederik Nijhout (2006). The Empirical Nonequivalence of Genic and Genotypic Models of Selection: A (Decisive) Refutation of Genic Selectionism and Pluralistic Genic Selectionism. Philosophy of Science 73 (3):277-297.
Jacqueline Anne Sullivan (2010). A Role for Representation in Cognitive Neurobiology. Philosophy of Science (Supplement) 77 (5):875-887.
Dan Lloyd (1997). Consciousness and its Discontents. Communication and Cognition 30 (3-4):273-284.
Matthew Dunn Elisabeth A. Lloyd, Jennifer Cianciollo & and Costas Mannouris (2005). Pluralism Without Genic Causes? Philosophy of Science 72 (2):334-341.
Andy Clark (1998). Twisted Tales: Causal Complexity and Cognitive Scientific Explanation. Minds and Machines 8 (1):79-99.
Elisabeth Lloyd (2005). Pluralism Without Genic Causes? Philosophy of Science 72 (2):334-341.
Michael Wheeler (2001). Two Threats to Representation. Synthese 129 (2):211-231.
Elisabeth A. Lloyd (2005). Why the Gene Will Not Return. Philosophy of Science 72 (2):287-310.
P. Kyle Stanford (2001). The Units of Selection and the Causal Structure of the World. Erkenntnis 54 (2):215-233.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #123,092 of 549,087 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,317 of 549,087 )
How can I increase my downloads?