[FRIAM] are we how we behave?

glen gepropella at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 11:23:37 EST 2019

I found this article interesting.

Michael Cohen’s verbal somersault, ‘I lied, but I’m not a liar,’ translated by a rhetoric expert

On the one hand, it's common sense (if it quacks like a duck...).  But having spent a fair amount of time simulating complex things (like cells), the patterns one might induce from past behaviors don't often (completely) capture the mechanisms generating those behaviors.  If this is true of, say, hepatocytes, then it's likely also true of whole animals.  But this seems like a slippery slope into essentialism.  At the end of the day, we have to fish or cut bait despite large swaths of uncertainty.

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