Philosophy Research Papers on Cognitive Architecture
Eric Lormand, University of MichiganMy work on cognitive architecture is about the hypothesis that human cognitive processes employ a language of thought (LOT)--a system of mental representation which supports syntactically complex mental symbols, physically realized in brains. Connectionism and holism are my focus with regards to this issue.. Some philosophers have thought that inferential holism (and related phenomena) present serious theoretical difficulties for "classical" research programs in artificial intelligence and cognitive psychologythis is the root of the philosophers "frame problem"--and propose "connectionist" approaches instead. List of cognitive architecture papers on this site
Relations to meaning papers
Some nuances in "Connectionist Content" have been superceded by the papers on meaning holism and meaning atomism, though the basic idea remains. Also, the main reason that contents are holistically interconnected is that inferential dispositions are holistically interconnected (and that inferential role is a component of content). Another issue about cognitive architecture and inferential holism that relates directly to content is the distinction (if any) between perception and cognition. This is important for distinguishing among various "modules" or "systems" relative to which something is a semantic "atom" (see section 4 of "Atomist").
Relations to consciousness papers
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