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Psycoloquy 9(06): The Role of Implementation in Connectionist Explanation
THE ROLE OF IMPLEMENTATION IN CONNECTIONIST EXPLANATION
Gerard J. O'Brien
Commentary on Green on Connectionist-Explanation
Department of Philosophy
University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005
Green is right to question the explanatory role of
connectionist models in cognitive science. What is more, he is
generally right in his judgement that the only way of interpreting
connectionist models as theories of cognitive phenomena is by
construing them as "literal models of brain activity" (1998, para.
20). This is because connectionist explanations of cognitive
phenomena are more dependent on details of implementation than
their conventional ("classical") counterparts.
classicism, cognition, connectionism, explanation,
implementation, methodology, theory.