posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 01:34 PM
Forgive me for the dilettantism.
I have a few questions about the nature of cognitive sciences, and it's future direction.
Where is this science going? What is the relationship between it's representational view of cognition, and ontology?
The only connection I can make out is that both fields are thoroughly mechanistic. Cognitive science aims to build scientific representational
structures for all psychological phenomena, while ontology takes psychological phenomena to be 'things in themselves'.
Can the two approaches be bridged? Or do they move in opposite directions?
The main thing to me is that both fields look at the world in terms of mechanics. Cognitive psychology takes the phenomena of consciousness to be
organizational structures, probably motivated by 'evolution', hence the field of evolutionary psychology. Ontology can be understood in the same
terms, but as a 'mirror' of the evolutionary development of cognitive structures in some self subsistent 'mental' dimension.
Physics is going in the direction of 'smaller' and smaller things. Now, I have absolutely no understanding of how this all works. I can only look from
without and wonder what physicists might be looking for, and where physics will probably end up.
Will physics meet up with ontology? Will cognitive science meet up with ontology? Is there a metaphysical substructure which conditions all these
various fields of research?
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