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20 Mar Section 4 Intro – Perception and Cognition

Wha’cha Thinking?

VisionAll the developers in the world could work forever to try to imitate brain functions, and even if they begin with a good understanding of the physiology of the brain and the microscopic mechanisms of electrical transmission between neurons, would have great difficulty passing a Turing test without some knowledge of perception, memory and cognition. Add Searle’s more demanding Chinese Room thought experiment, and the bar for “understanding” rises. Howard Gardner, in “The Mind’s New Science”, describes a history of introspection that began long ago.

You’ll note that in addition to the modern giants like Dennett and Churchland, I have delved deeply into Aristotle and others to seek useful gems in my quest for a usable model. In other sections I will deal with modeling, but this section is focused on describing what goes on at a macroscopic level in the corridors of thought and memory.

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Section 4 Intro

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Ear Natural Language and the components of social dialog are core to this blog’s focus on understanding and context. Vision is the avenue of written communication and audio perception is the avenue of spoken. Consciousness, attention, memory, learning… humans still struggle  to clearly understand these everyday phenomena. As I continue to study these things, I will post what I learn, and adapt my approach to reflect our evolving understanding.

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