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Louis Savain savainl at
Thu Jan 22 16:20:21 EST 1998

In article <En5BED.G95 at>, mentifex at

>In the vernacular, the mindgrid does not CARE about close-but-no-
>cigar instances of almost-but-not-quite LEARNING.  The crucial e-
>vent in synaptic learning is that, at BOTH ends of an associative
>tag, synapses shall be so solidly strengthened that they MAINTAIN
>in perpetuity the tendency to fire and thus recall an association.

  I realized that I may not have understood what you wrote above when
I wrote my initial response.  If you mean that synaptic learning,
(i.e., the induction of causal expectations) is not a matter of
degree, I'll have to disagree.  Synaptic strength is definitely a
measure of the strength of a temporal association between a condition
and an effect.


Louis Savain

President, Marengo Media, Inc.

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