Approaches to levels of explanation
Reductionism: molecular -> neural -> psychological -> social. Note: "->" means "causes"
Downward holism: social -> psychological.
Autonomy: neural / psychological / social
Interactionism: molecular <-> neural <-> psychological <-> social.
Changing multilevel systems
Intervene at all accessible levels
At each level, intervene by manipulating key parts, interactions.
Intervene to block interconnections between levels, e.g. feedback loops, e.g. economic panic.
Computational Epistemology Laboratory.
This page updated Oct. 10, 2008