Multiple Realizability Revisited: Linking Cognitive and Neural States

@article{Bechtel1999MultipleRR,
  title={Multiple Realizability Revisited: Linking Cognitive and Neural States},
  author={William Bechtel and Jennifer Mundale},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={1999},
  volume={66},
  pages={175 - 207}
}
The contention that psychological states are multiply realizable in different substrates has been used to support the contention that neuroscience is not likely to be very useful in guiding an understanding how cognition works. But in the context of scientific research, how seriously should we really take this threat of multiple realizability? By examining how brain areas are identified in neuroscience (where the approach is comparative and employs functional criteria), we show that the… 

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