AAAI Publications, 2017 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Two Problems Afflicting the Search for a Standard Model of the Mind
Paul Bello, Selmer Bringsjord

Last modified: 2017-10-09


We describe two serious problems afflicting the search for astandard model of the mind (SMM), as carried out and prescribedby Laird, Lebiere, and Rosenbloom (LLR). The first problem concerns a glaring omission from SMM, while the second calls into question the evidentiary standards for convergence that motivates the entire SMM agenda. It may well be that neither problem is insuperable, even in the short term. On the other hand, both problems currently stand in theway of making any present pronouncements to the effect that a standard model (or substantive portion thereof) exists and can be used as a benchmark against which other researchers might compare their approaches. The pair of problems is offered in a spirit of collaboration, and in the hope that grappling with them will help move the search a bit closer to the sort of undisputed rigor and predictive power afforded by such models in physics. Our order of business in the sequel is straightforward: we present and briefly discuss each of the two problems in turn, and wrap up with some remarks regarding whether or not these problems can be surmounted, and if so, how.


consciousness; cognitive architecture

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