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Invariances in Theory

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Part of the Springer Series in Cognitive and Neural Systems book series (SSCNS, volume 1)

Abstract

This chapter surveys the multifaceted roles that invariants play in theorizing, from physics and mathematics to biology and neurobiology. The question “What is an invariant of behavior?” is posed, and some alternatives are proposed and discussed: genes, neuroanatomy, and reflex theory. From that, the cybernetic take on the issue is introduced and placed in an evolutionary context, in which single behaviors are identified in respect to the goals they achieve and how they subserve the organism’s viability. The search for invariants of behavior is framed as a search for mechanisms. This search is far from trivial, as assumptions play a prominent role.

Keywords

Component Function Functional Behavior Behavioral Function Simple Organism Developmental System Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Okinawa Institute of Science and TechnologyOkinawaJapan

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