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Imaging the living brain: Reductionism revisited in times of dynamical systems

Barwich, Ann-Sophie (2020) Imaging the living brain: Reductionism revisited in times of dynamical systems. [Preprint]

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Withstanding contemporary fashion in the philosophy of science, this paper outlines an argument in favor of reductionist explanations of sensory perception via molecular mechanisms in neurobiology. It explores in depth the recent application of new real-time molecular imaging techniques to mixture coding in olfaction. Seemingly emergent psychological expressions of odor, irreducible to the physical structure of the stimulus, are linked back to underlying molecular mechanisms at the receptor level. This paper explicates the necessity to rethink the reductionist conceptualizations of material causes in parallel with advances in experimental methodology.


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Barwich, Ann-Sophieas.barwich@gmail.com0000-0003-0123-9366
Keywords: reductionism neuroimaging neuroscience neurophilosophy technology tools modeling olfaction molecular recognition mechanism biology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Engineering
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Molecular Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Ann-Sophie Barwich
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2020 04:16
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2020 04:16
Item ID: 17060
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Engineering
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Molecular Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 9 April 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17060

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