Modelling the human brain by modelling its evolutionary emergence
Frans van der Walle
fw.novoware at wxs.nl
Wed Feb 27 15:32:05 EST 2002
Glen M. Sizemore <gmsizemore2 at yahoo.com> schreef in berichtnieuws
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> ' our present day knowledge of the functioning of the human brain and mind
> demonstrates clearly the lack of some unifying theory for the information
> handling processes in the human brain and mind.'
> Perhaps this quote illustrates exactly why little progress has been made.
> One thing it does not contain is any hint that the notions of "mind" and
> "information handling processes" may be scientifically worthless.
I disagree; one only should define what one is talking about. My definitions
* Mind is the functionality and stored memory items, as implemented in the
structure. It can be called also: The Information System Man'.
* Brain is the physical object that 'houses' the mind.
* Information System is defined as the sum of all those characteristics of
that species that
can be represented by some repository of abstract and conceptual
information items, that
is reasonably isomorph in its characteristics to the real life system.
* Information Handling is the set of information transfer-, storage-,
and output operations within such an Information System
Once defined in this (or any other) way, you can use it and work with it
within a modelling
environment. Scientifically' means well defined' & transformed via
Whether or not these notions are used in daily life in a less well defined
or sloppy' way is
irrelevant to the modeller. Language expressions are very often not very
specific nor well
defined. Misunderstandings occur often; humans can live' with it because
they can use
context information for a further narrowed down interpretation of these
models can not, as long as context information is not part of a modelling.
Attaining that last
stage is one of the goals of artificial intelligence and in fact of my
Many thanks for your remarks
Frans van der Walle
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