Constructional Tools as the Origin of Cognitive Capacities

Josephson, Brian D. (2000) Constructional Tools as the Origin of Cognitive Capacities. [Conference Paper] (Unpublished)


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It is argued that cognitive capacities can be understood as the outcome of the collective action of a set of agents created by tools that explore possible behaviours and train the agents to behave in such appropriate ways as may be discovered. The coherence of the whole system is assured by a combination of vetting the performance of new agents and dealing appropriately with any faults that the whole system may develop. This picture is shown to account for a range of cognitive capacities, including language.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:development, cognition, learning, agents, neural networks, modules, tools, paradigms, domain specificity, issue resolution, language.
Subjects:Biology > Theoretical Biology
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Computer Science > Complexity Theory
Computer Science > Language
Computer Science > Machine Learning
Computer Science > Neural Nets
Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Linguistics > Learnability
Linguistics > Semantics
Linguistics > Syntax
Neuroscience > Neural Modelling
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:150
Deposited By: Josephson, Prof. Brian D.
Deposited On:04 Jul 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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