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Is thinking more like a thunderstorm or like a calculation?

Bisqwit (Joel Yliluoma) joelhy at evitech.fi
Sat Mar 20 14:23:14 EST 1999

I don't think thinking is like a thunderstorm.
It is not like a calculation, but it is nearer.
Thinking - and logical decisions - when brains make a
decision, it is always data comparing.

You have a group of assertions, and then you put them
into balance - whichever weights most, it helps making
the decision.
When you sit on chair and hear a sound from outside,
you choose between assertions:
  - It is comformtable to sit - don't leave
  - You are curious to know about the sound source - leave
  - You can not recognize the sound - investigate it
  - It is good weather outside - leave
  - You have sat for a long time,
    it would be good to go out - leave
  - You have important job to do - don't leave
  - You have a cat sleeping in your arms
    and do not want to wake it. - don't leave.

Then you multiply then results for the assertion tests
by some constants... With the 'how'-factors.
Then, if 'leave' wins, you leave. Otherwise you stay.
If they are in balance, you think about it until you
decide something or something else comes to your mind.

I don't know how does this work on the biological level,
but I don't find it difficult to think about.

Sorry if I did not give you anything new to think about,
but I found the topic (subject) interesting and wanted
to write this. I read the comp.ai.neural-nets group
and have no experience of neural nets programming.

Joel Yliluoma - mailto:joelhy at evitech.fi - http://www.icon.fi/~bisqwit/
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