The Complex Systems Approach: Rhetoric or Revolution
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 72–77, January 2012
How to Cite
Eliasmith, C. (2012), The Complex Systems Approach: Rhetoric or Revolution. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4: 72–77. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2011.01169.x
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
- Received 4 February 2011; accepted 14 February 2011
- Dynamic systems theory;
The complex systems approach (CSA) to characterizing cognitive function is purported to underlie a conceptual and methodological revolution by its proponents. I examine one central claim from each of the contributed papers and argue that the provided examples do not justify calls for radical change in how we do cognitive science. Instead, I note how currently available approaches in ‘‘standard’’ cognitive science are adequate (or even more appropriate) for understanding the CSA provided examples.