Perceptual Symbol Systems: BBS Call for Commentators

Mentifex mentifex at scn.org
Sat Oct 17 22:27:43 EST 1998


Steven Harnad <harnad at phoenix.Princeton.EDU> called for commentators:

> Below is the abstract of a forthcoming BBS target article on:

>    PERCEPTUAL SYMBOL SYSTEMS

>    by Lawrence W. Barsalou

> This article has been accepted for publication in Behavioral
> and Brain Sciences (BBS), an international, interdisciplinary
> journal providing Open Peer [....]
   
> Commentators must be BBS Associates or [....]

>                     PERCEPTUAL SYMBOL SYSTEMS
> 
>             Lawrence W. Barsalou          
>             Department of Psychology    
>             Emory University
>             Atlanta, GA 30322

>             http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~barsalou/
>             barsalou at emory.edu

> ABSTRACT: Prior to the twentieth century, theories of knowledge were
> inherently perceptual. [...]

  http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/ The Mentifex theory goes beyond mere
  perception or sensation into the evolution of abstract concepts:

  Hearing    Vision    The Evolution of Concepts   Motor Output
 /iiiiiii\  /!i!i!i!\  Primitive Verbal Abstract  /YYYYYYYYYYYY\
| ||||||| || ||||||| |  +   +    +      +   +    | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || | ___ | |  +   +   / \     +   +    | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||  /   \  |  +   +  /   \    +   +    | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || (image)-|--+   + (blood)   +---+    | |||||R|||||| |
| ||||||| ||  \___/  | / \  +  \   /  __+__ +    | |||||U|||||| |
| ||||||| ||         |(red) +   \ /  (dan- )+    | |||||N|||F|| |
| ||||||| ||         | \ /  +----+    \ger/-|----|------*|||I|| |
| ||||||| ||         |  +---|----+     \ / _+_   | |||||||||G|| |
| ||||||| ||         |  +   +    +------+ /   \  | |||||||||H|| |
| ||||||| ||         |  +  / \   +      +(cour-) | |||||||||T|| |
| ||||||| ||         |  + (wet)  +      + \age/--|----------*|| |
| ||||||| ||         |  +  \ /   +      +  \_/   | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| ||         |  +   +    +      +   +    | |||||||||||| |

> [...] During perceptual experience, association areas in the brain
> capture bottom-up patterns of activation in sensory-motor areas.
> Later, in a top-down manner, association areas partially reactivate
> sensory-motor areas to implement perceptual symbols.  The storage and
> reactivation of perceptual symbols operates at the level of perceptual
> components--not at the level of holistic perceptual experiences.  [...]

  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/7256/neurosci.html Neuroscience
  avails itself now of a Chomskyan linguistic superstructure of mind:

  /!i!i!i!i!i!\         ________                  /iiiiiiiiiii\
 /visual memory\       /        \                / auditory    \
|               |     /  syntax  \--------------|------------\  |
|               |     \   node   /    ______    |  memory    |  |
|               |      \________/----/      \   |  channel   |  |
|               |           |       /function\  |            |  |
|      /--------|--------\  |       \ cable  /  |            |  |
|      |        |        |  |        \______/   |    ____    |  |
|      |        |       _V__V_           |      |   /    \   |  |
|    __|__      |      /      \          |      |  /stored\  |  |
|   /image\     |     /logico- \---------|------|--\ stem /  |  |
|  /percept\----|----/conceptual\        |      |   \____/   |  |
|  \_______/    |    \ cable    /   _____V__    |     |      |  |
|               |     \________/   /        \---|-----'____  |  |
|               |                 /inflection\  |     /in- \ |  |
|               |                 \  cable   /--|----/flec- \|  |
|               |                  \________/   |    \tion  /   |
|               |                               |     \____/    |

> The URLs you can use to get to the BBS Archive:

> http://www.princeton.edu/~harnad/bbs/
> http://www.cogsci.soton.ac.uk/bbs/Archive/bbs.barsalou.html
> ftp://ftp.princeton.edu/pub/harnad/BBS/bbs.barsalou
> ftp://ftp.cogsci.soton.ac.uk/pub/bbs/Archive/bbs.barsalou
> gopher://gopher.princeton.edu:70/11/.libraries/.pujournals  [...]



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