These five principles, Wundt noted, were not easily accepted with regard to the development of the central functions theory. Many other researchers had opposing views. Wundt's defense of his principles failed to dismiss that opposition. "Their progress was hindered, from the outset," Wundt wrote, "by the authority of scientific tradition; in some measure, more particularly in the domain of anatomical and physiological research." This body of the argument of Wundt's five principles offered a differing viewpoint, and in some cases, antagonistic, of previously held ideas about nerve physiology. Wundt did not intend for this theory, or any other of his theories, to be the final word, however. He simply wanted to foster continued experimentation and exploration that was based in sound scientific judgment.
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