Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Gold & Stoljar: A neuron doctrine

Biological neuroscience is only as radical as the evolution of mind


Terry Blumenthal a1 and James Schirillo a1
a1 Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109 {blumen;shirija}@wfu.edu

Abstract

A biological neuroscientific theory must acknowledge that the function of a neurological system is to produce behaviors that promote survival. Thus, unlike what Gold & Stoljar claim, function and behavior are the province of neurobiology and cannot be relegated to the field of psychological phenomena, which would then trivialize the radical doctrine if accepted. One possible advantage of adopting such a (correctly revised) radical doctrine is that it might ultimately produce a successful, evolutionarily based, theory of mind.