The two major concepts of adaptation

The two major concepts of adaptation - paradigmatic context...

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The two major concepts of adaptation (level of molarity and time scale of adaptation)  can be represented with the two "axes" of a sphere.    Measures can be more or less molar. Distance from the center of a sphere  could conveniently represent molarity of measurement.    More physiological variables toward the center and more molar variables  more distant from the center. Successive layers of the "onion" represent  molarity of paradigmatic context. The sphere depicted in the initial figure  is actually one concentric layer of a solid. The molarity dimension depicts  that physiological variables underlie all behavior and that ultimately  physiological (or chemical or existential) mechanisms mediate all behavior  change. Additionally, the behavior change of an individual is how only one  individual of a group behaves.  A reductionistic explanation, or an explanation which appeals to a lower 
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Unformatted text preview: paradigmatic context would be seen as appealing to an inner sphere for explanation with this spherical model. With this model, correlative explanations would be seen as appealing to factors on the same surface at the same level as the original question. A point on the surface of the sphere could then represent the time scale of reversibility for a behavior at a particular level of molarity. The behavior change of interest can be across any of a number of time scales. Points on the surface of the sphere could represent the time scale dimension. Any specific time scale of adaptation within some particular paradigmatic context could be represented as a point on the surface of the sphere, at some distance from the center (some particular layer of the onion)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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