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The Architecture of CognitionRethinking Fodor and Pylyshyn's Systematicity Challenge$
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Paco Calvo and John Symons

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027236

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.001.0001

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Order and Disorders in the Form of Thought

Order and Disorders in the Form of Thought

The Dynamics of Systematicity

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(p.435) 17 Order and Disorders in the Form of Thought
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The Architecture of Cognition
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Michael Silberstein

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027236.003.0017

Psychopathology might be one domain where we can get some empirical perch on the Systematicity debate. In patients with schizophrenia transformational systematicity and other types of systematicity often break down. Systems neuroscience has provided some reason to believe that the best explanation for this break down is in terms of the degradation of key brain subsymbolic network properties such as small-world graphical structures. It is argued that if such systems neuroscience explanations for failures of systematicity in schizophrenia are robust then this is a victory for network approaches over symbol-and-rule approaches that themselves provide little insight into said failures. Finally, there is speculation that the relevant dynamical and graphical relations in such cases extend beyond the brain to include body and environment.

Keywords:   Systems neuroscience, Brain networks, Psychopathology, Schizophrenia, Dynamical systems theory, Transformational systematicity, Extended cognition

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