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Theories of Mind

Philosophy and Psychology of Mind.

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Created:
12/22/19
Modified:
01/21/20
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1597

Some of the last thoughts by the metaphysical logician Wittgenstein were on the mystical nature of color. He asked whether color was imbued in physical substance, or is an artifact of our perception, to which he it may be said he did not reach any final answer. In his earlier thought, that would have been all that could be said. But in his later thought, the discussion of color becomes meaningful when we wield the concept like a tool. So to pursue Wittgenstein's thought, is his a valid question? If so, what other answers are there? If not, what is the true nature of color?

The Amazing Color in Monet's Haystacks is Meaningful but Unreal
More: On the Nature of Color
Created:
04/26/17
Modified:
12/20/19
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1914

When I started at Oxford University in 1979, I was told I'd have to take statistics as a minor for a major in philosophy and psychology. So I nervously went to meet the professor, worrying how I hadn't studied calculus in a long time. But he had been sitting in front of an Apple 2, on a table in the Psychology Dept. lounge, for a solid week. He had read the manuals and written a couple of programs, then he had just sat there looking at it. For a week.

What is it like to be a bat?
More: Computers, Consciousness, and Bats
Created:
05/26/15
Modified:
12/20/19
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5834

After exploring how to link the conscious and unconscious abstractions with basic feelings, this article postulates a new model for dreams, summarizes the possibilities for computer simulation, and provides a high-level description of the initial cognition process. It is intended as a framework for systematic discussion of each component and process in the hypercognition system, sufficient to define a learning Artificial Intelligence (AI) with emotions and dreams.

HAL AI Hypercognitive Architecture
More: Designing HAL (2): A Learning AI with Emotions and Dreams
Created:
05/29/15
Modified:
12/20/19
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The great ornithologist Richard Attenborough was once asked why birds sing. After a long explanation, ending in a detailed examination of what happens during a morning chorus, he concluded, "So, if there are no predators, and it is not time to mate, why is there still a morning chorus? Well. It's too late to sleep. It's too early to catch worms. So there isn't anything else to do."

Leonardo, at MIT is one of the most Advanced Humanoid Intelligences
More: Designing HAL (4): Play and Archetypal Formation in the Categorical Processing Domain