Pardon the intrusion, but this time I feel that most of you will
find a certain fascination in the multiple import of this post.
First, in the fourteen weeks since 28aug1997 the new web site
http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/ Mentifex AI has been providing a
diagram based tutorial on the (claimed) Theory of Mind. HTML
coding allows the presentation of diagrams, followed by a multiple-
choice quiz on the the mind-theory portrayed in the diagrams.
The quiz meachanism is very simple: If you pick a wrong answer,
you are transported back to re-read the material you got wrong.
Those of you who have web sites and are open-minded enough to do
so, please encode a link to Mentifex AI and please also try to
accompany the link with an html-encoded diagram such as follows:
/^^^^^^^^^^^\ Overview of the Theory of Mind /^^^^^^^^^^^\<BR>
/visual memory\ ________ semantic / auditory \<BR>
| /--------|-------\ / syntax \ memory |episodic memory|<BR>
| | recog-|nition | \________/------------|-------------\ |<BR>
| ___|___ | | |flush-vector | _______ | |<BR>
| /image \ | __|__ / \ _______ | /stored \ | |<BR>
| / percept \ | / \/ \/ Verbs \------|--/ phonemes\| |<BR>
| \ engrams /---|---/ Nouns \ \_______/ | \ of words/ |<BR>
| \_______/ | \_______/-------------------|---\_______/ |<BR>
It is my (Arthur T. Murray's) personal belief that a clever enough
person could backwards-engineer such a diagram and independently
re-invent the linguistic theory of mind depicted in the diagram.
Therefore, because of its GENERATIVITY of reasoning that previously
took fourteen years before culminating in the theory-as-diagrammed,
your inclusion of this diagram on your Web site will speak volumes.
The fascinating tidbit for today 10dec1997 is that several co-factors
have combined recently to present for you an intriguing scenario.
On 2dec1997 a very brief REXX program made it possible to prepare
each ASCII mind diagram as a single 630-character string of HTML
code ready for instant Web uploading to any so-called Guestbook.
Subsequent visitors to AI website guestbooks, to Salon magazine
articles, and to Annotations at various websites will suddenly
see the complete mind-model diagram appearing on their screens.
The implications of this diaspora will only slowly dawn on you.