Cognition without content

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Cognition without content
According to the traditional conception of the mind, semantical content is perhaps the most important feature distinguishing mental from non-mental systems. And this traditional conception has been incorporated into the foundations of contemporary scientific approaches to the mind, insofar as the notion of `mental representation' is adopted as a primary theoretical device. Symbolic representations are posited as the internal structures that carry the information utilized by intelligent systems, and they also comprise the formal elements over which cognitive computations are performed. But a fatal tension is built into the picture - to the extent that symbolic `representations' are formal elements of computation, their alleged content is completely gratuitous. I argue that the computational paradigm is thematically inconsistent with the search for content or its supposed vehicles. Instead, the concern of computational models of cognition should be with the processing structure...
Paul Schweizer
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Type Conference
Year 2008
Where AISB
Authors Paul Schweizer
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