Musings on the roles of logical and non-logical representations in intelligence

Sloman, Aaron (1995) Musings on the roles of logical and non-logical representations in intelligence. [Book Chapter]

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This paper offers a short and biased overview of the history of discussion and controversy about the role of different forms of representation in intelligent agents. It repeats and extends some of the criticisms of the `logicist' approach to AI that I first made in 1971, while also defending logic for its power and generality. It identifies some common confusions regarding the role of visual or diagrammatic reasoning including confusions based on the fact that different forms of representation may be used at different levels in an implementation hierarchy. This is contrasted with the way in the use of one form of representation (e.g. pictures) can be {\em controlled} using another (e.g. logic, or programs). Finally some questions are asked about the role of metrical information in biological visual systems.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Computer Science > Neural Nets
Linguistics > Pragmatics
Linguistics > Semantics
Linguistics > Syntax
Philosophy > Epistemology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Philosophy > Logic
Philosophy > Metaphysics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
ID Code:706
Deposited By: Sloman, Aaron
Deposited On:22 Jun 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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