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Mechanistic teleology and explanation in neuroethology

Horridge, George Adrian


The highest available form of understanding of a living structure requires mechanistic reductionist analysis from all points of view. In addition, the optimization methods of physics are applied to actions of components that are pushed by natural selection to optimum compromises. Here knowledge of function is essential. The explanation of behavior in terms of neurons boils down to an exposition of the neuron fields in terms of function of their outputs in normal activity, not necessarily in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1977-11-01
Type: Journal article
Source: BioScience
DOI: 10.2307/1297677


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