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AISB miscellaneous Bulletin Item

Book: How can the human mind occur in the physical universe? Anderson. (July 2007).

Book:  How can the human mind occur in the physical universe?
    Anderson. (July 2007).   (models)

"The question for me is how can the human mind occur in the physical
universe. We now know that the world is governed by physics. We now
understand the way biology nestles comfortably within that. The issue
is how will the mind do that as well."--Allen Newell, December 4,
1991, Carnegie Mellon University

The argument John Anderson gives in this book was inspired by the
passage above, from the last lecture by one of the pioneers of
cognitive science. Newell describes what, for him, is the pivotal
question of scientific inquiry, and Anderson gives an answer that is
emerging from the study of brain and behavior.

Humans share the same basic cognitive architecture with all primates,
but they have evolved abilities to exercise abstract control over
cognition and process more complex relational patterns. The human
cognitive architecture consists of a set of largely independent
modules associated with different brain regions. In this book,
Anderson discusses in detail how these various modules can combine to
produce behaviors as varied as driving a car and solving an algebraic
equation, but focuses principally on two of the modules: the
declarative and procedural. The declarative module involves a memory
system that, moment by moment, attempts to give each person the most
appropriate possible window into his or her past. The procedural
module involves a central system that strives to develop a set of
productions that will enable the most adaptive response from any state
of the modules. Newell argued that the answer to his question must
take the form of a cognitive architecture, and Anderson organizes his
answer around the ACT-R architecture, but broadens it by bringing in
research from all areas of cognitive science, including how recent
work in brain imaging maps onto the cognitive architecture.

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