Behaviorism to Cognition: A System-Theoretic Inquiry into Brains, Minds and Mechanism

Casti JL (1985). Behaviorism to Cognition: A System-Theoretic Inquiry into Brains, Minds and Mechanism. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-85-049

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Abstract

Arguments from mathematical system theory are used to show that the behaviorist-cognitivist debate in psychology is actually a non-issue: abstractly, the two are equivalent; but from the standpoint of a predictive, scientific theory of brains and behavior only the cognitivist program holds any promise.

After a brief summary of the algebraic theory of systems, the paper employs these algebraic tools to propose a functional means by which a brain (human or artificial) may compactly store and retrieve information. This scheme is then extended to provide a means for the generation of thoughts and emotions, as well.

Finally, the paper concludes with a discussion of the interconnections between the brain model suggested here and a number of other models proposed in the literature.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Theory of Manufacturing (TOM)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:55
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 08:31
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/2651

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