Re: Symbolic vs Situated Action (Re: "Consciousness")

mike shupp (ms44278@HUEY.CSUN.EDU)
Sun, 30 Jun 1996 21:45:56 -0700

On Sun, 30 Jun 1996, Sheldon Klein wrote:
> I'm not advocating any one view-- It is useful to be aware of the kinds
> of research (well-funded) that claim the same territory.
> Neurophyisiologists argue that neural net connectionist models, popular
> in AI & Cognitive Science, are no closer to the 'actual' neurophysiological
> reality than are symbolic models.
> [Note that biochemical/genetic explanations of concepts such as 'hysteria',
> 'neurosis' and 'psychosis' appear with some frequency these days and that
> Freudian theory seem to have been avidly 'deconstructed' by opponents.]

I can understand from this that, suitably analyzed, "free will" is
a relic of "folk psychology," but not "consciousness." Is there
some real reason for linking them?

(Cogent points, BTW)

Mike Shupp
California State University, Northridge