ANN, nonlinear dynamics, and psychoses

WATTERS Paul Andrew pwatters at
Mon Jun 22 00:23:13 EST 1998

Patrick Juola (patrick at wrote:
: No.  "Non-linear" does not mean "chaotic"; almost all artificial
: networks that have been built are composed of non-linear elements
: (as linear networks don't scale to multiple layers -- obligatory
: reference to Minsky and Papert (1969)).

No. Chaos _is_ non-linear. Freeman's (1987) model of the olfactory
bulb was composed of chaotic elements which more closely
approximated brain function than many other non-chaotic
non-linear neural network models (IMHO).

: So you need to tighten up your mathematical models (and terminology)
: considerably.

You need to broaden your reading considerably!

Paul A. Watters, MAPS <pwatters at>

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