AAAI Publications, 2009 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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A Progression of Cognitive Frameworks
John J. Kelly

Last modified: 2009-10-31


The anthropological and economic history of humanity gives evidence of a progression of cognitive frameworks. There are three cognitive perspectives, in order: living in the present, living in the past, and living in the future. They correspond to three levels of competency with abstract thought: concrete thought only, abstract thought with correlations, and abstract thought with both correlations and causality. This appears to explain the fundamental differences between primitive cultures, traditional cultures, and modern cultures: differences in economics, politics, personality, and anthropological differences in general. So, not only does this theory succinctly explain a wide range of human behavior, but because it does, it appears to be a valid theory and a promising way to decompose abstract thought into its component parts for future cognitive research. These frameworks are discussed along with their implications of exploiting this progression to simplify the problem of developing an AI.


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