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Mother Nature versus the Walking Encyclopedia

Dennett, Daniel C (1989) Mother Nature versus the Walking Encyclopedia. [Book Chapter]

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In 1982, Feldman and Ballard published "Connectionist models and their properties" in Cognitive Science, helping to focus attention on a family of similarly inspired research strategies just then under way, by giving the family a name: "connectionism." Now, seven years later, the connectionist nation has swelled to include such subfamilies as "PDP" and "neural net models." Since the ideological foes of connectionism are keen to wipe it out in one fell swoop aimed at its "essence", it is worth noting the diversity of not only the models but also the aspirations of the modelers. There is no good reason to suppose that they all pledge allegiance to any one principle or set of principles that could be shown to be false or incoherent. Those who think they are making exciting progress on their chosen projects have no particular reason to declare their own brand orthodox, and other brands ("rival" brands) heretical. Let a thousand flowers bloom and soon enough the sickly plants will succumb, without need of ideological condemnation.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Subjects:Computer Science > Machine Learning
Computer Science > Neural Nets
ID Code:433
Deposited By:Dennett, Daniel
Deposited On:05 Apr 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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