Re: What Is the Mind?

From: Harnad, Stevan (
Date: Fri Feb 14 1997 - 11:44:58 GMT

> From: Galligan, Eoin <>
> but could the whole of humanity be behaving like millions of nodes in a
> complex connectionist network. I mean every human is an active element,
> and our interrelated connections are strengthened or given extra weight
> through learning and the principles involved in recurrent and feed
> foreward networks.

Yes, networks can be implemented in many different ways, and one of them
could be with people as "nodes." But you would need to specify exactly
what the "activations," "connection weights," "inputs," and "outputs"
and "learning rule" (the rule according to which connection weights
change) corresponded to. Otherwise it is just a vague analogy; an
image, or a metaphor.

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