Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
van Gelder: The dynamical hypothesis

Nature's subtlety undermines the empirical relevance of both dynamical and computational hypotheses

Gregory R. Mulhauser a1
a1 Cognitive Systems Research, Applied Research and Technology, British Telecom Laboratories, Martlesham Heath IP5 3RE, England


Technical hitches mar van Gelder's proposed map of the conceptual landscape, particularly with respect to descriptive levels and the trio of instantiation, realisation, and implementation. However, for all the formal quibbles, van Gelder is onto something important; the tension he notes between computationalism and a dynamical alternative threatens to transform the way we conduct cognitive science research.