Computation, San Diego style

Oron Shagrir*

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What does it mean to say that a physical system computes or, specifically, to say that the nervous system computes? One answer, endorsed here, is that computing is a sort of modeling. I trace this line of answer in the conceptual and philosophical work conducted over the last 3 decades by researchers associated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The linkage between their work and the modeling notion is no coincidence: the modeling notion aims to account for the computational approach in neuroscience, and UCSD has been home to central studies in neurophilosophy, connectionism, and computational neuroscience.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)862-874
Number of pages13
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2010


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