The first of two new articles on my philosophy blog.
1. The Paradigm of Cognitive Sciene
In the article on “Cognitive Science” in the online “Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy” (http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2012/entries/cognitive-science/) the basic idea of the research paradigm of Cognitive Science is described as follows (Section 3):
The central hypothesis of cognitive science is that thinking can best be understood in terms of representational structures in the mind and computational procedures that operate on those structures. While there is much disagreement about the nature of the representations and computations that constitute thinking, the central hypothesis is general enough to encompass the current range of thinking in cognitive science, including connectionist theories which model thinking using artificial neural networks.
Most work in cognitive science assumes that the mind has mental representations analogous to computer data structures, and computational procedures similar to computational algorithms. Cognitive theorists have proposed that the mind contains such mental representations as logical propositions, rules, concepts, images…
View original post 915 more words