# Show Reference: "Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology by Valentino Braitenberg"

Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology by Valentino Braitenberg The Philosophical Review, Vol. 95, No. 1. (1986), pp. 137-139 by Daniel C. Dennett
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author = {Dennett, Daniel C.},
journal = {The Philosophical Review},
keywords = {philosophy, psychology, robotics, synthetic-psychology},
note = {Review.},
number = {1},
pages = {137--139},
posted-at = {2013-10-18 10:52:12},
priority = {2},
publisher = {Duke University Press on behalf of Philosophical Review},
title = {Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology by {V}alentino {B}raitenberg},
url = {http://www.jstor.org/stable/2185146},
volume = {95},
year = {1986}
}


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As Dennett points out in his review of Braitenberg's book, just assuming that the mind and the brain and are the same thing (loosely speeking) is all nice and well, but it does not help, because the brain is so complex that knowing all its structure will not help much in learning about the mind.

Using Braitenberg's "law of uphill analysis and downhill invention" can help, because it starts by designing simple things and seeing what behavior they exhibit.