Read e-book online A Theory of Immediate Awareness: Self-Organization and PDF

By Myrna Estep (auth.)

ISBN-10: 9048162513

ISBN-13: 9789048162512

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This ebook is multi- and interdisciplinary in either scope and content material. It attracts upon philosophy, the neurosciences, psychology, computing device technological know-how, and engineering in efforts to solve basic concerns in regards to the nature of fast expertise. nearly the 1st 1/2 the booklet is addressed to old methods to the query even if there's this sort of factor as speedy knowledge, and if this is the case, what it would be. This comprises reviewing arguments that a method or one other were provided as solutions to the query or methods of averting it. additionally it is unique discussions of a few complicated questions about the half instant information performs in our over-all common intelligence. the second one 1/2 the booklet addresses complex and complicated concerns enthusiastic about the computability of speedy knowledge because it is located in easy, traditional issues humans understand how to do, as weIl as in a few hugely outstanding issues a few know the way to do. over the last 2,500 years, human tradition has chanced on, created, and equipped very strong instruments for spotting, classifying, and using styles present in the flora and fauna. the main strong of these instruments is arithmetic, the language of nature. The ordinary phenomenon of human figuring out, of typical intelligence usually, is a really richly textured set of styles which are hugely advanced, dynamic, self-organizing, and adaptive.

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What any theoretical effort aims for is an understanding of the most fundamental properties of phenomena, those properties which are invariant across all classes of the phenomena involved. Kauffman's use of random Boolean networks shows a way of obtaining law-like properties of those primitive relations of immediate awareness in terms of dynamical systems theory without committing one to a physicalist/materialist ontology and epistemology. This is in contrast to 28 The Problem of Immediate Awareness the approach to the same problem found in Penrose's quantummechanical theory of Objective Reduction, which I believe entails a fundamental materialist fallacy.

He 14 The Problem of Immediate Awareness emphasized that it is the manner or the way the performance or task is actually done, which is indicative of the achievement of knowing how. One cannot know how by knowing that. Following the publication of The Concept of Mind, considerable discussion and debate followed disputing his claim that knowledge that and knowing how were two distinct kinds of intelligence. Some argued that one could not assert a proposition without being able to say [or write] the sentence that carried the embedded proposition.

Each of these doctrines has in common an undue emphasis upon language as the sole means by which we can have any cognitive relation whatsoever with the world. And even then, all we really have is language about our public experience. 8 They also have in common either an outright denial of a reality independent of human experience or the claim that even if it exists, we can't know anything about it. Moreover, they also deny the existence of internal, private states or they claim that if they exist we can't know anything about those either.

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