Computation and Cognition

From: Nottingham Andy (
Date: Wed Mar 13 1996 - 11:31:20 GMT

It seems that all we have been doing with computation is showing what
a computer can do and how it can simulate what a person does. Isn't
this just like behaviourists watching rats run a maze in order to
study human behaviour. The only conclusions in that kind of study are
how the rat behaves, and in computation the only conclusions are how
a computer does things.

A computer processes all information as 0's or 1's or combinations of
these characters. In a person surely it is not just a case of neurons
firing and not firing but also the rate at which they fire, which
possibly adds another dimension to human computation

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