17.590 Simon on common ground

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Jan 30 2004 - 04:02:21 EST

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 590.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 08:12:49 +0000
         From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim@panix.com>
         Subject: Re: 17.580 Herbert Simon on common ground

Main comment here is in relation to:

We are importing and exporting from one
>intellectual discipline to another ideas about how a serially organized
>information-processing system like a human being

-- since I'm not sure how "serial" would be defined here. Certainly there
isn't a clock-module singularity in the brain, and we can walk and talk at
the same time without job queueing. The mind is hardly linear.

As far as the rest goes - I think this is related to subsumption
architecture in robotics - with which I'm in agreement - that an
environment can be considered part and parcel of the mind itself. See the
work of Merlin Donald, etc.

- Alan

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