A Framework for Modelling Behaviour

  • Rangaswamy Narasimhan
Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 10)


From a detailed consideration of the nature of scientific activity we shall argue in this chapter that the ends and means of the physical and the behavioural sciences must differ in essential ways because of the categorially different world aspects they study. The agentive aspects of organisms, which should be the primary concern of the behavioural sciences, cannot be studied using the standard techniques of mathematical physics that have proved so successful in the development of the physical sciences. The formalism that is needed to study organismic behaviour is the formalism that underlies the study of information processing machines.


Scientific Theory Scientific Activity Theory Construction Communication Competence Shape Perception 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rangaswamy Narasimhan
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  1. 1.Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchNational Center for Software Development and Computing TechniquesBombayIndia

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