Volume 9 · Number 1 · Pages 141–142
On Models, Simulations, and the Relevancy of Biochemistry to Cognitive Functions

Stefano Franchi

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Open peer commentary on the article “A Cybernetic Computational Model for Learning and Skill Acquisition” by Bernard Scott & Abhinav Bansal. Upshot: Scott and Bansal’s assessment of the limitations of their work relies on a concept of simulation that I find problematic. It assumes that the ultimate goal of a model is a replication of the phenomena it applies, whereas a limited model produces only simulations. I argue that this position leads to unfortunate epistemological results, and it ends up assigning an unduly exclusive role to the study of the biochemical substrate of cognition.


Franchi S. (2013) On models, simulations, and the relevancy of biochemistry to cognitive functions. Constructivist Foundations 9(1): 141–142. http://constructivist.info/9/1/141

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