Cognitive Science / Creativity / Incompleteness / Philosophy

Preliminary Notes on Semantics

Creativistic Philosophy


A cognitive system that can be completely described by a formal theory would contain only a fixed and finite amount of information or knowledge. However, a cognitive system can be extensible, i.e. it can reprogram itself, if it is able to take up new information from some source, like the environment, and then use this information in the processing of other information (see Two Conditions of Extensibility). The new information becomes part of the systems active information. In this way, the system can change the way in which it is working.

I suppose that the cognition of human beings is extensible in this way. This insight has consequences for the way language and other sign systems we are using are working. There is a tradition in analytic philosophy, in formal linguistics, in cognitive science and artificial intelligence research to view “natural language” as something that is governed by…

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