Viewpoints and Controversies
At the Xalapa meeting, each session was followed by a lively discussion period of an hour or more which started with brief critiques of the papers by two panelists, and then opened up to a general discussion from the floor, with repeated involvement of the session’s speakers. Many viewpoints were offered, many controversies were aired, and we agreed that we should try to share some of the excitement with our readers. To this end, we selected about 30% of the material from the transcripts of the discussion sessions, and then edited it to provide a reasonably coherent narrative. As a result, the remarks of the discussants do not appear here verbatim. However, we have done our best to preserve the essence of each of the selected contributions, and offer our apologies for any cases (hopefully rare) where our attempts at brevity have altered the sense. [Editorial additions are set off in square parentheses.] Since the order of papers at the conference was different from the order of papers in the book, we have felt free to rearrange the discussion material under various headings which signal a number of the broad themes that emerged in the discussion. Our aim here is to let the reader share in the efforts made in Xalapa to see how very different contributions could be melded in our evolving appreciation of the commonalities and differences not only of Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence but of the subdisciplines within these broad fields.
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