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How building physical models can reduce and guide the abstraction of nature

MacIver, Malcolm A. (2001) How building physical models can reduce and guide the abstraction of nature. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24 (6). pp. 1066-1067. ISSN 0140-525X. doi:10.1017/S0140525X0139012X. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20190211-094053794

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Abstract

Animals detect and acquire resources through a sequence of shape changes. This process is tightly coupled to the sensory and mechanical ecology of the animal. Building physical models allow us to prescind from modeling these aspects of the environment, which may not yet be described or suitably abstracted. The significance of this hybrid of physical modeling and experimentation to the acquisition of scientific knowledge is discussed.


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Additional Information:© 2001 Cambridge University Press. Published online: 17 December 2002.
Issue or Number:6
DOI:10.1017/S0140525X0139012X
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Official Citation:MacIver, M. (2001). How building physical models can reduce and guide the abstraction of nature. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24(6), 1066-1067. doi:10.1017/S0140525X0139012X
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