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Does Neuroplasticity Support the Hypothesis of Multiple Realizability?

Maimon, Amber and Hemmo, Meir (2020) Does Neuroplasticity Support the Hypothesis of Multiple Realizability? [Preprint]

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Abstract

It is commonly maintained that neuroplastic mechanisms in the brain provide empirical support for the hypothesis of multiple realizability. We show in various case studies that neuroplasticity stems from preexisting mechanisms and processes inherent in the neural (or biochemical) structure of the brain. We argue that not only does neuroplasticity fail to provide empirical evidence of multiple realization, its inability to do so strengthens the mind-body identity theory. Finally, we argue that a recently proposed identity theory called Flat Physicalism can be enlisted to explain the current state of the mind-body problem more adequately.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Maimon, Ambermaimon.amber@gmail.com
Hemmo, Meirmeir@research.haifa.ac.il0000-0002-0752-1269
Keywords: neuroplasticity, multiple realizability, multiple realization, mind-body problem, identity theory, reductive physicalism, flat physicalism, mind-body identity
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Ms. Amber Maimon
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2021 04:14
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2021 04:14
Item ID: 19174
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 8 July 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19174

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