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Single Idea 3199

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 4. Connectionism]

Full Idea

In connectionism, each node is given an activation level, and each branch a weight, according to possible degree of effect. This results in 'excitatory' and 'inhibitory' connections.

Gist of Idea

Connectionism assigns numbers to nodes and branches, and plots the outcomes


Georges Rey (Contemporary Philosophy of Mind [1997], 8.8)

Book Reference

Rey,Georges: 'Contemporary Philosophy of Mind' [Blackwell 1997], p.226

A Reaction

Whether such a system could ever be 'conscious' is not the only interesting question. What could such a system do? Could it ever be good at philosophy?