Specific Research Projects  Mechanisms and functions  of neuronal replication


Ever since William James (1890) the idea has been around that processes of thinking and problem solving are analogous to evolution by natural selection. This thought has penetrated philosophy and has triggered valuable research in neuroscience. A limitation of the previous neurobiological approaches has been that they deal with selectionist systems only, namely no mechanisms of replication have been presented, without which the origin of true novelties and cumulative adaptations (adaptations built on a set of previously fixed adaptations) cannot be accounted for. We seek to present realistic candidate mechanisms of neuronal replication and explore its applicability in modelling complex thought, includinng insight problems.