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Mental causation and neuroscience: The semantic pruning model

Muñoz, José Manuel (2018) Mental causation and neuroscience: The semantic pruning model. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33 (3). pp. 379-399. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

In this paper I propose a hypothetical model of mental causation that I call semantic pruning and which could be defined as the causal influence of contents and meanings on the spatial configuration of the network of synapses of an individual. I will be guided by two central principles: 1) the causal influence of the mental occurs by virtue of external semantic constraints and consists in the selective activation of certain physical powers, 2) when the selective activation is continual, it triggers a process of synaptic pruning in the neural and neuromuscular network.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Muñoz, José Manueljomuor@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: mental causation, causal closure of physics, semantic constraints, mechanisms, contextual emergence, naturalization of mental content, synaptic pruning.
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 17:46
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 17:46
Item ID: 15436
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.17312
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Date: September 2018
Page Range: pp. 379-399
Volume: 33
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15436

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