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Reductionism

Last updated Jan 18, 2022 Edit Source

Reduction is a relationship between theories.

# Microreduction

Microreduction is a specific subset of reduction that focuses on explaining the macro using the micro ( emergent behaviour)

# Mind-brain Reductionism

A successful neuroscience would show how to reduce statements about mental properties ( qualia) to statements about neural properties (actual neural activity).

# Functionalism

An alternate to this is functionalism, wherein a successful neuroscience would show how to reduce statements about mental properties to statements about functional properties (an abstraction to apply this to other potentially non-human conscious minds – e.g. AI)