Ablation studies, lesion studies, and complex systems

Can we work out how a complex or adaptive works by destroying bits of it.

Can a biologist fix a radio? (Lazebnik 2002) Could a neuroscientist even understand a microprocessor? (Jonas and Kording 2017) How about if we use the phrase edge of chaos?


Jonas, Eric, and Konrad Paul Kording. 2017. Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor? PLOS Computational Biology 13 (1): e1005268.
Lazebnik, Yuri. 2002. Can a biologist fix a radio?—Or, what I learned while studying apoptosis.” Cancer Cell 2 (3): 179–82.

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