A Theory of Immediate Awareness: Self-Organization and by Myrna Estep (auth.)

By Myrna Estep (auth.)

This booklet is multi- and interdisciplinary in either scope and content material. It attracts upon philosophy, the neurosciences, psychology, machine technology, and engineering in efforts to unravel primary concerns in regards to the nature of fast information. nearly the 1st 1/2 the ebook is addressed to ancient methods to the query even if there's the sort of factor as fast understanding, and if that is so, what it would be. This contains reviewing arguments that a technique or one other were provided as solutions to the query or methods of fending off it. it's also certain discussions of a few advanced questions about the half fast information performs in our over-all typical intelligence. the second one 1/2 the publication addresses tricky and intricate concerns taken with the computability of speedy understanding because it is located in uncomplicated, usual issues humans know the way to do, as weIl as in a few hugely remarkable issues a few understand how to do. over the last 2,500 years, human tradition has found, created, and outfitted very robust instruments for spotting, classifying, and using styles present in the wildlife. the main robust of these instruments is arithmetic, the language of nature. The usual phenomenon of human figuring out, of traditional intelligence in general, is a truly richly textured set of styles which are hugely complicated, dynamic, self-organizing, and adaptive.

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They have also been misdirected to the extent that they have focused upon classification efforts in supervised or reinforcement Iearning. As such, AI research has simply focused upon rules of association, relevance, resemblance, or similarity to past A Theory of Immediate A wareness 23 events. In essence, computers are classification machines whether they are programmed with traditional top-down procedures or the more recent massively parallel, highly distributed neural networklconnectionist procedures.

Virtually all current hypotheses that I know of attempt to provide some explanation of awareness or consciousness generally by deriving awareness or consciousness from neural events in the active cerebral cortex. They end up with a kind of dualist mental and physical parallelism. Moreover, though contemporary neurophysical efforts are right to reject the "black box" view of the brain, their approach to the mental exhibits the same reductionist fallacy which is corollary to the classical Dogma. This fallacy was earlier recognized by Russell in his critique of James' theory of neutral monism: ...

Then I show a contradiction. I argue that existing computer neural network approaches are not sufficient to characterize or simulate the self-organizing and adaptive dynamics of knowing actually found in Boundary Set S. I also argue that the most promising approach to the computability and simulation of immediate awareness and knowing how is a "weak AI" position, involving the use of random Boolean networks and complex dynamical systems theory. This is so in order to turn to a more geometrie approach to understand immediate awareness and knowing how, as opposed to a symbol-based view.

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