Philosophical Psychology 29 (1):153-156 (2016)

Luis H. Favela
University of Central Florida
Karl Popper (2002) once instructed a group of physics students to carefully write down what they observed. Popper relates that the students asked what he wanted them to observe and said that the sole instruction to “observe” was absurd. This story motivated Popper’s claim that, especially in science: Observation is always selective. It needs a chosen object, a definite task, an interest, a point of view, a problem. And its description presupposes a descriptive language . . . , which in its turn presupposes interests, points of view, and problems. (2002, p. 62) In Discovering the Human Connectome, the problem is how the brain works, and from Olaf Sporns’ point of view, the brain can be understood as a network (p. ix). One of Sporns’ main goals in his previous book (2011) was to introduce neuroscientists to the theory and methods of network science. That book was Sporns’ attempt to answer the “how?” questions of integrating the methods of network science with neuroscience. The current book builds on the previous one and attempts to answer more theoretical questions such as why network science is an appropriate framework for investigating the brain.
Keywords Networks  Modeling
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2014.946595
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