Reading and Writing Acquisition: A Developmental Neuropsychological Perspective

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CHAPTER 4
Introduction to Part II and Multiple Connections and Multiple Procedures for Reading and Spelling Single Words

Many psychologists dream of
describing minds so economically
that psychology would become as
simple and precise as physics. But
one must not confuse reality with
dreams. It was not the ambitions of
the physicists that made it possible
to describe so much of the world in
terms of so few and simple
principles; that was because of the
nature of our universe. But the
operations of our mind do not
depend on similarly few and simple
laws, because our brains have
accumulated many different
mechanisms over aeons of evolution.
This means that psychology can
never be as simple as physics, and
any simple theory of mind would be
bound to miss most of the 'big
picture.' The science of psychology
will be handicapped until we
develop an overview with room for a
great many smaller theories.

- Marvin Minsky ( 1986, p. 322)

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