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From cybernetics to brain theory, and more: A memoir

My chum, Péter Érdi, editor of Cognitive Systems Research, has alerted me to the open access memoir (63 pages) by neuroscience grandee Michael Arbib. Giving me the opportunity to talk to these visitors was one of the ways in which McCulloch contributed more to my graduate education than any other professor at MIT. When I thanked him, he…

The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark

Twenty years on I guess this marks the moment when the hypothesis of extended cognition has well and truly become mainstream. This in The New Yorker.   Andy ClarkArtificial intelligenceCognitive sciencedistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeExtended MindPhilosophy of mindsituated cognition

Automated Liberalism?

H/T Brian Smith. This from the Law & Liberty blog.     Age of EnlightenmentArtificial intelligencebenjamin constantilliberalismJames PoulosJohn Stuart MillLiberalismNetwork ScienceSocial network

RoboCup 2018 Montreal

The forthcoming RoboCup football (soccer) tournament in Montreal promises to be the largest yet. When established in 1997, the original mission was to field a team of robots capable of winning against the human soccer World Cup champions by 2050. Artificial intelligenceCognitive sciencecomplexitycomputational intelligenceEmbodied cognitionroboticsStigmergy

Norbert Wiener

Born on this day. Here’s an assessment of Wiener’s legacy from a few years back. Having read most of the notable work on “epistemic ignorance” (yes, there really is a specialized small literature) there is one prize that still alludes me and that is Wiener’s “The Theory of Ignorance” (1906), a philosophical demonstration of the…

The Nature of Consciousness

Sam Harris speaks with Thomas Metzinger about the scientific and experiential understanding of consciousness. Jump to 26:32 for the consciousness discussion proper — the first 26 minutes are for the most part a well-trodden exercise in mutual virtue-signalling. Discussion of the phenomenology of intuition . . . now that is interesting. Artificial intelligenceconsciousnessmeditationneurosciencephilosophy mindphilosophy of…