Clerestory

Dry November: Day 21

November 21, 2019

Another great day. Tonight I’m thinking about whether connectionism might be more true of “System 1” and computationalism might be more true of “System 2.”

In other words, what if most of our barely-conscious actions are intuitive, parallelised, and based on competing behavioural bids. But when we are forced to switch to System 2, this system is genuinely more serial and more like computation.

I know it sounds a bit tautological, but there are things I like and dislike both about connectionism and computationalism. I guess this idea amounts to little more than, “Might it not be both?”


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