This chapter argues that the mind is a computational network that occupies a functional location in a more complex causal system formed out of various distinct but interacting neurological, physiological, and physical networks. It clarifies exactly why there is no inference from the dynamism of the brain’s networks to the non-existence of a cognitive system. The chapter introduces the concepts causal buffering and metaphysical transduction to explain how dynamic systems can be made up of systems that are able to pass information between themselves, thereby either establishing or maintaining the function of the system, without also transmitting so much energy as to cause the overall system to break apart. It shows that there is a way of defining innateness in terms of developmental essentiality that is not only compatible with this worldview but also helpful for explaining how new systems can emerge as components, or byproducts, of existing dynamic systems.
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