Wiring optimization explanation in neuroscience: What is special about it?

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Published 11-04-2019
Sergio Daniel Barberis

Abstract

This paper examines the explanatory distinctness of wiring optimization models in neuroscience. Wiring optimization models aim to represent the organizational features of neural and brain systems as optimal (or near-optimal) solutions to wiring optimization problems. My claim is that that wiring optimization models provide design explanations. In particular, they support ideal interventions on the decision variables of the relevant design problem and assess the impact of such interventions on the viability of the target system.

 

How to Cite

Barberis, S. D. (2019). Wiring optimization explanation in neuroscience: What is special about it?. THEORIA, 34(1), 89–110. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.18148
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Keywords

Neuroscience, Wiring Optimization, Mechanism, Darwinian Explanation, Design Explanation, Ideal Intervention.

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