Towards Model-Based Model of Cognition

The Reasoner 3 (6):5--6 (2009)

Karlis Podnieks
University of Latvia
Models are the ultimate results of all (scientific, non-scientific, and anti-scientific) kinds of cognition. Therefore, philosophy of cognition should start with the following fundamental distinction: there are models, and there are means of model-building. Laws of nature and theories are useful only as a means of model-building. If it's true that models are the ultimate results of cognition, then shouldn't we try reordering the field, starting with the notion of model? In this way, couldn't we obtain a unified and more productive picture - a model-based model of cognition?
Keywords models  modeling  model of cognition
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