Meditation on a mousetrap: On consciousness, cognition, evolution and time

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Philosophy
Topics: 
Cognition
Keywords: 
evolution, artificial intelligence, cognition, time, analogy
Deposited by: 
Stephen Robbins
Contact email: 
serobbins27@wildblue.net
Date of Issue: 
2012
Authors: 
Robbins, Stephen E.
Journal/Publication Title: 
Journal of Mind and Behavior
Volume: 
33
Page Range: 
69 107
Number of Pages: 
38
Alternative URL: 
http://www.stephenerobbins.com/Articles/Meditation%20on%20a%20Mousetrap.pdf
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 

Evolutionary theory has yet to offer a detailed model of the complex transitions from a living system of one design to another of more advanced, or simply different, design.  Hidden within the writings of evolution’s expositors is an implicit appeal to AI-like processes operating within the “cosmic machine” that has hitherto been evolving the plethora of functional living systems we observe.   In these writings, there is disturbingly little understanding of the deep problems involved, resting as they do in the very heart of AI.   The end-state requirements for a system, device, or “machine” with intelligence capable of design are examined.  The representational power must be sufficient to support analogical thought, an operation demanding  transformations of events in imagery, in turn a function of perception, both dependent on a non-differentiable flow of time.  The operational dynamics of the device must inherit this fundamental property of the dynamically transforming matter-field.   Whether the evolutionary mechanisms or algorithmics thus far envisioned by biology or AI are coordinate with such requirements is left seriously in doubt.  

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