Is Cognitive Science Usefully Cast as Complexity Science?
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2011
Copyright © 2011 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 3–6, January 2012
How to Cite
Van Orden, G. and Stephen, D. G. (2012), Is Cognitive Science Usefully Cast as Complexity Science?. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4: 3–6. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2011.01165.x
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2011
- Received 29 April 2011; received in revised form 18 May 2011; accepted 18 May 2011
- Nonstationary equilibria;
- Qualitative change
Readers of TopiCS are invited to join a debate about the utility of ideas and methods of complexity science. The topics of debate include empirical instances of qualitative change in cognitive activity and whether this empirical work demonstrates sufficiently the empirical flags of complexity. In addition, new phenomena discovered by complexity scientists, and motivated by complexity theory, call into question some basic assumptions of conventional cognitive science such as stable equilibria and homogeneous variance. The articles and commentaries that appear in this issue also illustrate a new debate style format for topiCS.