From: Kwame Porter-Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Feb 15 2003 - 16:49:55 MST
I have a degree in Computer Science and Graphic
design. I am a self employed 3d modeler/texturer. I am
22 years old. I live in Rhode Island, if that matters.
--- Mr. Yudkowsky (and SL4 if appropriate), The requirements for concept functionality and the beginning section of 2.5 in LOGI may be approached in a large part by the Holographic Brain Theory [Karl Pribram]. Please hear me out because this might prove to be a valuable insight. Please take a look at: http://www.acsa2000.net/bcngroup/jponkp/ "This paper will discuss in detail the concept of a holograph and the evidence Karl Pribram uses to support the idea that the brain implements holonomic transformations that distribute episodic information over regions of the brain (and later "refocuses" them into a form in which we re-member) .... Holonomic theory where Fourier-like transformations store information of the sensory modalities in the spectral (or frequency) domain. The sensory stimulus is spread out (or distributed) over a region of the brain. A particular example (in the case of vision) would be that particular cortical cells respond to the spatial frequencies of the visual stimulus." --- While I was reading LOGI I got a "memory flash" of reading The Holographic Universe, a book that covers holographic theory in part. My intuitive response to the points in "A constructive account of concepts and symbolstuff would need to supply:," is that a holographic structure would be useful: A. Holographic patterns can be superimposed over another to determine similarity, as in comparing two sheets of acetate. If concepts are encoded as patterned representations of sensory imagery (Fourier form, etc.) then concepts could be compared instantly for similarity or differences. If concepts were (spatially or otherwise) structured in somewhat, the quality and nature of difference could be determined by a mere glance. (well... perhaps). B. Holographic representations include the whole structure in every portion. A symbolstuff representation encoded holographicly, somehow, would contain (however precisely) the whole. In this sense such a symbolstuff representation would definitely have internal complexity because it could access any part of the whole from within (via an inverse transform function). Now whether this kind of complexity is useful is another story. I believe a richness is needed, not a quantitative aspect. C. I'm not sure how you would manipulate set of sensory experience to abstract new concepts but if difference/similarity operations and a holonic context is needed, a holographic representation would provide this very efficiently. Again, this was just a flash of insight and I hope it's somewhat useful. thank you for you time, Cheers ktpr __________________________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Shopping - Send Flowers for Valentine's Day http://shopping.yahoo.com
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