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Cognitive algorithms: dynamic logic, working of the mind, evolution of consciousness and cultures
Author(s): Leonid I. Perlovsky
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Paper Abstract

The paper discusses evolution of consciousness driven by the knowledge instinct, a fundamental mechanism of the mind which determines its higher cognitive functions. Dynamic logic mathematically describes the knowledge instinct. It overcomes past mathematical difficulties encountered in modeling intelligence and relates it to mechanisms of concepts, emotions, instincts, consciousness and unconscious. The two main aspects of the knowledge instinct are differentiation and synthesis. Differentiation is driven by dynamic logic and proceeds from vague and unconscious states to more crisp and conscious states, from less knowledge to more knowledge at each hierarchical level of the mind. Synthesis is driven by dynamic logic operating in a hierarchical organization of the mind; it strives to achieve unity and meaning of knowledge: every concept finds its deeper and more general meaning at a higher level. These mechanisms are in complex relationship of symbiosis and opposition, which leads to complex dynamics of evolution of consciousness and cultures. Modeling this dynamics in a population leads to predictions for the evolution of consciousness, and cultures. Cultural predictive models can be compared to experimental data and used for improvement of human conditions. We discuss existing evidence and future research directions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6563, Evolutionary and Bio-inspired Computation: Theory and Applications, 65630D (4 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.724856
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Leonid I. Perlovsky, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6563:
Evolutionary and Bio-inspired Computation: Theory and Applications
Misty Blowers; Alex F. Sisti, Editor(s)

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