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Re: Cochlear mechanics

Title: Re: Cochlear mechanics

Do you really think that knowledge grows from the bottom upwards?  If you
really do, we should all stop wasting our time and become nuclear

----- Original Message -----
From: Andrew Bell <bellring@smartchat.net.au>

> I agree that the subject is important, for if we don't understand how the
> ear works at a fundamental level, how can we formulate adequate models of
> higher level percepts?

I think that it can be argued that complex systems (in the sense of Rosen, 1985) exist and show emergent higher-level behavior that cannot be predicted by simply modeling lower level processes. However, those lower level processes remain real, and our understanding of the higher-level behavior has to be consistent with them. If we lack valid models of those lower level processes, we will have difficulty formulating higher level models correctly. Or as I kept relearning during my dissertation research:

"It's not what you don't know that will hurt you. It's what you think you know that just ain't so."
-- Satchel Paige

Cheers 8),

Harry Erwin, PhD, Computational Neuroscientist (modeling bat behavior), Senior SW Analyst and Security Engineer, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, GMU. CV available at: <http://mason.gmu.edu/~herwin/CV.htm>