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Cognitive Recycling

Barack, David L (2016) Cognitive Recycling. [Preprint]

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Theories in cognitive science, and especially cognitive neuroscience, often claim that parts of cognitive systems are reused for different cognitive functions. Philosophical analysis of this concept, however, is rare. Here, I first provide a set of criteria for an analysis of reuse, and then I analyze reuse in terms of the functions of subsystems. I also discuss how cognitive systems execute cognitive functions, the relation between learning and reuse, and how to differentiate reuse from related concepts like multi-use, redundancy, and duplication of parts. Finally, I illustrate how my account captures the reuse of dynamical subsystems as unveiled by recent research in cognitive neurobiology. This recent research suggests two different evolutionary justifications for reuse claims.

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Item Type: Preprint
Barack, David Ldbarack@gmail.com0000-0001-7131-4638
Additional Information: Forthcoming in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Keywords: reuse, cognition, cognitive neuroscience, dynamical systems
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr David Barack
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2017 18:59
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2017 18:59
Item ID: 13184
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Date: 2016

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