Volume 4 · Number 1 · Pages 21–23
Cause and Effect: The Anticipatory Drive and the Principle of Least Time

Samarth Swarup

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Open peer commentary on the target article “How and Why the Brain Lays the Foundations for a Conscious Self” by Martin V. Butz. Excerpt: Butz proposes an anticipatory drive that is postulated to be responsible for brain function and the development of brain structure. It is especially interesting because Butz suggests that the anticipatory drive guides brain development, in addition to function. This is an ambitious and provocative proposal, and bears close examination. I focus on just one aspect here: in the spirit of constructivism, I ask, where is it?


Swarup S. (2008) Cause and effect: The anticipatory drive and the principle of least time. Constructivist Foundations 4(1): 21–23. http://constructivist.info/4/1/021

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