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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 33, Issue 3, September 2018

José Manuel Muñoz
Pages 379-399

Causalidad mental y neurociencia
el modelo de la poda semántica

In this paper I propose a hypothetical model of mental causation that I call semantic pruning and which could be defined as the causal influence of contents and meanings on the spatial configuration of the network of synapses of an individual. I will be guided by two central principles: 1) the causal influence of the mental occurs by virtue of external semantic constraints and consists in the selective activation of certain physical powers, 2) when the selective activation is continual, it triggers a process of synaptic pruning in the neural and neuromuscular network.

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