Natural and Artificial Minds by Robert G. Burton

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1986a and 1986b). How can a set of connection weights possibly embody knowledge of the desired distinction? Think of it the following way. Each of the thirteen input units represents one aspect or dimension of the incoming stimulus. Collectively, they give a simultaneous profile of the input echo Page 37 along thirteen distinct dimensions. , that the activation value of #6 is always three times the value of unit #12; or perhaps there is a disjunctive set of such relational features; and so forth.

Some applaud Kuhn's move toward naturalism, toward a performance conception of knowledge, and away from the notion of truth as the guiding compass of cognitive activity (Munevar 1981; Stich 1990). Others deplore his neglect of normative issues, his instrumentalism and relativism, and his alleged exaggeration of certain lessons from perceptual and developmental psychology (Fodor 1984). We shall address these issues later on in the paper. A third and less visible reaction to the classical difficulties has simply rejected the sentential or prepositional attitudes as the most important form of representation used by cognitive creatures, and has insisted on the necessity of empirical and theoretical research into brain function in order to answer the question of what are the most important forms of representation and computation within cognitive creatures.

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