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Understanding Scientific ‘Progress and Its Problems’ Via the Case Study of OptogeneticsThe advent of optogenetic techniques and their use to tease apart the mechanisms of learning and memory has been characterized as constituting a revolution in molecular and cellular cognition. While such progress may constitute a technological leap forward, it has created new problems to be solved. The aim of this paper is to identify those problems, using a conceptual framework for understanding experimental progress in science as dynamic and iterative.
Department of Philosophy and Rotman Institute of Philosophy
University of Western Ontario