By Ben Goertzel
This ebook summarizes a community of interrelated rules which i've got constructed, on and off, over the last 8 or ten years. The underlying topic is the mental interaction of order and chaos. Or, to place it otherwise, the interaction of deduction and induction. i'm going to try and clarify the connection among logical, orderly, wakeful, rule-following cause and fluid, self organizing, habit-governed, subconscious, chaos-infused instinct. My prior books, The constitution of Intelligence and The Evolving brain, in short touched in this dating. yet those books have been essentially involved in different concerns: SI with developing a proper language for discussing mentality and its mechanization, and EM with exploring the position of evolution in suggestion. They danced round the edges of the order/chaos challenge, with out ever totally stepping into it. My target in scripting this publication used to be to head on to the middle of psychological procedure, "where angels worry to tread" -- to take on all of the sticky matters which it's thought of prudent to prevent: the character of awareness, the relation among brain and truth, the justification of trust platforms, the relationship among creativity and psychological illness,.... All of those matters are handled the following in an easy and unified means, utilizing a mix of thoughts from my earlier paintings with rules from chaos conception and intricate structures science.
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4 PREDICTION The dual network model, as just presented, dismisses the problem of predicting the future rather cursorily. But this is not entirely justified. Prediction of the behavior of a complex system is an incredibly very difficult task, and one which lies at the very foundation of intelligence. The dual network model has no problem incorporating this sort of prediction, but something should be said about how its prediction processes work, rather than just about how they are interconnected.
The same approach works with more complicated pictures, even photographs of human faces. Michael Barnsley (1989), using fractal image compression techniques, has given very a short program which generates realistic portraits and landscapes. In general, computer graphics experts know how to write short programs to generate very close approximations to all ordinary pictures -- houses, people, dogs, clouds, molecules,.... All of these things have a certain internal structure, which the clever and knowledgeable programmer can exploit.
And a good way to visualize the superposition of a hierarchical network on this structure is to postulate a head librarian dealing with each discipline, an assistant librarian dealing with each sub-sub-discipline, an assistant assistant librarian dealing with each sub-sub-sub-discipline, and so on. , gives her subsidiaries general goals and lets them work out their own strategies, then one has a control hierarchy that works approximately according to the multilevel methodology. The hierarchy of control is lined up perfectly with the fractal heterarchy of conceptual commonality.