more from Georges Rey

Single Idea 3200

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

Full Idea

Connectionism is a way of capturing the holism of pattern recognition, as stressed by many critics of computational theories of mind.

Gist of Idea

Pattern recognition is puzzling for computation, but makes sense for connectionism


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

Book Reference

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

A Reaction

I am drawn to the idea that arithmetic derives from pattern recognition, and the latter is basic to all minds (a kind of instant unthinking induction), so this seems to me a win for connectionism.