Higher Functions

  • Mario Bunge
  • Rubén Ardila

Abstract

We count learning, perception, conception, cognition, and intention among the higher functions of the higher vertebrate brain. Those mental functions are called ‘higher’ because they are the most complex of all, and for being peculiar to the most advanced animals in the phylogenetic tree. And they are called ‘functions,’ and more precisely ‘specific functions,’ because they are processes in special subsystems of the brain, much as breathing is the specific function of the lungs.

Keywords

Entropy Fatigue Recombination Propen Retina 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Bunge
    • 1
  • Rubén Ardila
    • 2
  1. 1.Foundations and Philosophy of Science UnitMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Departamento de PsicologíaUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotáColombia

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