How an animal or robot with 3-D manipulation skills experiences the world

Document Type: 
ASSC Conference Item
Article Type: 
Artificial intelligence
Experiencing structures and processes, Learning an ontology, Understanding causation, Development of consciousness
Deposited by: 
Prof Aaron Sloman
Date of Issue: 
Aaron Sloman, Jackie Chappell, the CoSy team
Event Dates: 
23-26 Jun 2006
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Event Title: 
10th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness
Event Type: 
ASSC Conference
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Abstract I was ill and did not manage to present my poster. This is a PDF slide presentation of the main points. This presentation elaborates on Wittgenstein's remark: `The substratum of this experience is the mastery of a technique' (Wittgenstein) I try to show, with illustrative videos that many 'techniques' are implicitly involved in ordinary experiences -- and that the complexities grow as a child develops, extending its ontology and therefore the variety of affordances it can experience and use. I point out that there are two interpretations of sensorimotor contingencies, one somatic (relating only the contents of sensory and motor signals at various levels of abstraction) the other exosomatic (amodal, objective), referring to an environment that exists independently of whether and how it is experienced or acted on, and that the latter provides computational advantages in some cases, supporting a Kantian rather than a Humean view of knowledge and concepts. This also suggests a re-interpretation of mirror neurons as 'abstraction neurons'.
assc10-poster.pdf2.82 MB