A cautionary note on the validity of computational theory of mind.

His book is 18 years old now but Jerry Fodor poses a question that is still relevant today. How, in the round, does cognition work? He accepts that the computational theory of mind is a great theory. But he notes that it accounts for just part of the way we think. He cites abductive inference as an area where computational theory of mind simply does not work. Abductive inference is the facility to infer cause from effect. He goes on to observe that AI still has difficulty in exercising common sense. He cites the frame problem. How does a global system take account locally of all the other things that the system has memorised in the hope that one of those other things is able to help answer the question posed locally? The short answer is that it cannot, but the human brain seems to do a pretty good job of it anyway.

Link to book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mind-Doesnt-Work-That-Representation/dp/0262561468/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523871950&sr=1-1&keywords=The+mind+doesn%E2%80%99t+work+that+way+by+Jerry+Fodor+2000

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