What the Neocortex Does

Gary Forbis GaryForbis at email.msn.com
Tue Aug 1 07:46:49 EST 2000

"Harry Erwin" <herwin at gmu.edu> wrote in message news:1eeoeeq.1l5du7o1hdv8vwN%herwin at gmu.edu...
> I'm beginning to suspect a primary function of the neocortex is the
> maintenance of a non-symbolic, dynamic model of the environment. The
> evidence seems fairly strong that bats live mostly in such a model
> (Griffin, 1958), and the difficulty we have training bats to use
> symbolic representations (yes/no tokens) in communicating with us,
> suggests that their internal model is non-symbolic, possibly like the
> analog models used in some contexts like wind tunnels and floatation
> tanks.

That's an interesting conjecture.

Even humans have a hard time describing their own performances.
Is it generally held that analog models are non-symbolic?

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