Re: JOIN, META: Modularity and mehtodology

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Fri Feb 23 2007 - 17:38:47 MST

On 2/24/07, Mohsen Ravanbakhsh <> wrote:

Hi everybody,
> I'm new to this list.
> I wanna begin with a question:
> A case of formation of human intelligence is considerable for which the
> current trend of study of AI is not appropriate. Suppose our brain is highly
> modular ( every single intelligent capability have been provided in a
> module), in both structural and algorithmic aspects, and the unity we feel
> in our cognition is some kind of illusion (our mental activities are not
> transparent to us, but we think they are; as Churchlands propose)
> It seems in this case our endeavor is pointless, because our intuition is
> of no help and the only reliable source is neuroscience which is not good in
> giving big pictures.
> I'm asking, in this case (which is quite probable in my view) what can we
> do to construct AI?
> (Becarefull of the 'I' in AI ! that is the vague point in this situation)

If cognition can be reduced to modules or components interacting together,
wouldn't that make it easier to create AI? The alternative is that there is
some magical, irreducible soul which we can never hope to emulate. There are
clearly illusions in cognition such as that of free will, which we
experience because we don't know what we're going to do until we do it, and
perhaps the binding problem (which never really struck me as problematic),
but that just means that if we emulate the brain, we will get all the
illusions as part of a package deal.

Stathis Papaioannou

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