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By Renate Bartsch

This learn of the workings of neural networks in conception and figuring out of events and straightforward sentences exhibits that, and the way, disbursed conceptual ingredients are certain jointly in episodes inside of an interactive/dynamic structure of sensorial and pre-motor maps, and maps of conceptual symptoms (semantic reminiscence) and individuating signs (historical, episodic memory). Activation circuits between  Read more...

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This we could interpret as a sign that he has a different colour perception from ours. However, we also could explain the difference by supposing that his colour perception is the same as ours, but that the connection to other feelings is different for him, which makes him nervous in sight of a green meadow and makes him relaxed when seeing a room decorated red all over. The result of this last thought experiment is that by an interchange of colour qualities the structural semantics of colour terms would just remain the same, as, alternatively formulated, would our general knowledge about colours.

He does not even know that there are any rules. Still this computer might be an effective teacher for a certain task. Even though he does not have a denotational semantics, he still can produce correctness statements. But they are correctness or truth statements only in the eyes of the program designer and user. The monitoring and controlling device itself does not know what correctness of a task performance amounts to. He blindly registers and checks the task performance of his pupil against his own learned task performance, or against the rules and representations programmed in.

However, these structural properties are not the results of hidden rules that would guide our language ability. Rather they are idealising descriptions of globally emerging conscious phenomena that come about by cumulative effects of local micro-processes of quite different kind. e. concepts, without being able to define these concepts. We, apparently, do not have representations in our mind of external meanings such as concepts in the traditional sense, still advocated in mentalistic positions.

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