RE: The Relevance of Complex Systems

From: Phil Goetz (
Date: Thu Sep 08 2005 - 18:07:29 MDT

--- Michael Wilson <> wrote:

> Ben Goertzel wrote:
> > Well, my issue with a purely probabilistic approach is that it
> doesn't
> > seem to give a computationally tractable approach to the formation
> > of complex concepts or predicates.
> This is certainly a valid concern, but I wouldn't consider it a
> criticism of probability theory as such. Probability theory operates
> on atomic statements, and trying to use raw probability theory for
> high level cognition would be as silly as GOFAI symbolic reasoning
> on detail-free tokens. 'Concepts' are elements or regularities at a
> considerably higher level of organisational, and much more
> constructive detail would be required to discuss them.

I'm glad to hear that! All along, I was thinking that was what
you had in mind, and that you were crazy.

- Phil

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