Where is knowledge stored within the brain and living systems? The concept of monitor-and-act units provides a framework for understanding this. In my last post […]
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Foundations of Intelligence
What is intelligence? Here are several foundational concepts that help define the descriptive rules of intelligence, not just of the human mind, but in any […]
The Adaptive Traverse: How Knowledge Moves from DNA to Behavior
Here I discuss the concept of an adaptive traverses and how this might explain the link between genes and behavior. Your DNA knows things. It […]
Raising Robots in AI-Kindergarten
How insights from the way the brain learns can be used to design adaptive learning mechanisms for AI that include both phylogenetic and ontogenetic aspects. […]
How Does the Brain Deal With Novelty?
Current theories of connectionism have a hard time explaining how the brain deals with novel situations. An alternative approach of fast hierarchical adaptations could solve […]
A First Test of Hierarchical Adaptations
Are there hierarchical adaptations in the nervous system that help rapidly adapt responses to changing circumstances? A hypothetical experiment with the patellar reflex can help […]
From Neurons to Concepts
How does the brain store concepts and activate them in a contextual manner? AI ignores concepts, connectionist models of the brain ignore concepts. What can […]
How are Concepts Created in the Brain?
A concept is a general notion or construct of something that doesn’t necessarily need all the pieces exactly and depends on context. How does the […]
Adaptive Mechanisms and Afterimages
Afterimages are color inverted perceptual images that persist after fixating on an image for a long period of time. The perceptual mechanisms of afterimages suggest […]
Can Neurons Learn to Adapt?
Can the fast adaptation of neurons explain how we are able to switch so quickly between different learned behaviors? If so, neurons must learn to […]