Tag Archives: Rodney Brooks

Bubbles

In many of the posts on this blogsite, I have been advocating a physicalist worldview in which an agent interacts with the environment in which it is in. This includes many references to Karl Friston’s ‘variational free energy’ theory of … Continue reading

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Talk: Intelligence and the Brain

What is ‘intelligence’? What is the brain actually doing? How is intelligence physically realised in the brain? Quite how the brain manages to achieve what it does remains elusive. It’s true that almost every day there are news stories that … Continue reading

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Scientific Creatures

In which I try to create a bigger picture of general intelligence by combining a number of different concepts. These concepts are: Ashby: W. Ross Ashby’s concept of ‘Intelligence Amplification’. Brooks: Rodney Brooks’s concept of the ‘Subsumption Architecture’. Clark: Andy … Continue reading

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Free Will / Free Won’t: Conclusion

This is the fifth and final part of the talk ‘Free Will / Free Won’t’. Notes in the text in the form [ABC] can be found by following the above link. It brings points together from the previous parts to … Continue reading

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Free Won’t

This is the second part of the talk ‘Free Will / Free Won’t’. Notes in the text in the form [ABC] can be found by following the above link. Previously: Daniel Wegner’s ‘Conscious Will’ has been presented as a physicalist … Continue reading

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Talk: Free Will / Free Wont

Most people will assert that they feel they have free will yet most contemporary philosophers and neuroscientists, when pressed for an opinion, will suggest it is just an illusion. Some will half-joke that we only have ‘free won’t’ instead. If … Continue reading

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Robotics: Serious, Fun or Serious Fun?

Of the many articles on robotics recently published in popular journals, one from New Scientist (24 August 2011) struck a chord. The article (only available on-line via subscription) introduces the work of Max Versace and others at Boston University on … Continue reading

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Talk: The Extension of Mind

It seems obvious to most of us that our minds are within our heads but some contemporary thinkers have other ideas. Can we extend our mind ‘beyond skin and skull’? Is it outside our heads already anyway? This talk examines … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Closed-Loop-Feedback for Sensorimotor Control

Rodney Brooks’s fashionable ‘the world is its own model’ idea obviates the traditional need for ‘representations’ within the mind. Rick Grush believes such representations are the basis of consciousness and reinforces ‘representation’ by drawing on ‘pseudo closed loop feedback’ (PCLF). … Continue reading

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Understanding Velmans: Taxonomy without Representation

In ‘Understanding Consciousness’, Velmans makes much of ‘representations’ which implies building models of the outside world within the brain but I’m wary of this notion. It is in contrast to Rodney Brooks’s idea that ‘the world is its own model’ … Continue reading

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