Brain, Behaviour and Extensionalism
yeti at ghoti.org
Sat Apr 10 11:27:30 EST 2004
>and when we find ourselves in configurations which share
>characteristics, we talk about "similarities" between situations or
>contexts. This can be verbal, visual, auditory, motor - anything in
>fact, but these are just verbal operants, for discriminations. Even more
>important than the switches or state of configuration is the fact that
>this is all a function of environmental contingencies.
>There's no reason why we shouldn't frequently find ourselves in
>configurations where the original conditions are not *directly*
>stimulating us. That's what we call "conditioned seeing" etc
>("imagining" etc). Our brains are configured by direct environmental
>stimulation, and our brains therefore stay in those configurations even
>when we are no longer being directly simulated.
>It's those enduring "states" or "configurations" which account for *why*
>we talk about "recognition" when we change state, because instead of the
>states having to be set anew, they're already set from last time. We can
>even instantiate those configurations of behaviour when we close our
>eyes or fall asleep, ie when other active, dominating more salient
>behaviours don't overshadow our conditioned behaviours. Try doing it
>when you're highly stimulated.
Are you familiar with attractor neural network models? A lot of what
you are saying fits directly into that framework.
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