The Evolution and Organization of Sentient Biological Behavior Systems

  • Jay Boyd Best


Ideas about the evolution of psychological behavior systems are intertwined with notions about their organization and the design of “machine intelligence” systems to model them. Underlying all three is a “conventional wisdom” (Galbraith, 1958) seldom explicitly elaborated and without compelling theoretical or experimental basis. It has nevertheless exerted a profound influence on thinking in these areas. In this article I want to develop some notions which diverge substantially from this conventional wisdom and present a unifying conception of behavioral organization on a transphyletic basis.


Semicircular Canal Neurosecretory Cell Unmyelinated Nerve Psychological System Behavioral Organization 
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  • Jay Boyd Best
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  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityUSA

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