Open Peer Commentary Gold & Stoljar: A neuron doctrine
Of skyhooks and the coevolution of scientific disciplines
Donald R. Franceschetti a1 a1 Department of Physics and Institute for Intelligent Systems, The University of Memphis, Memphis TN 38152
The history of the natural sciences repeatedly shows that
the unification of a higher level theory with a lower level theory
by reduction does not eliminate the need for the higher level theory
nor preclude its further development, leading to changes in the
understanding of the lower level. The radical neuron doctrine proposes
that the future science of psychology or linguistics will derive
principally from the evolution of understanding at the neural level
and not from current theories based on the observation of behavior.
It is far more likely that the two bodies of theory will coevolve
in semiautonomous fashion.