From: Bill Spight (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 21 Apr 2005 - 20:42:48 GMT
> For Calvin's work Aunger says "my schematic approach
> to replication shares little with Calvin's
> sophisticated neuroscientfic approach".
I noticed Calvin in Aunger's bibliography, but missed any reference to
him in the book. Thanks. :-)
> BTW, as you might have read, I've been reading grandpa
> Hebb's work on the cell assembly. Doesn't Calvin
> fashion himself after Hebb in a way?
Hebb's work still stands up. It's classic.
> Aunger should
> address stuff like this before he dismisses Lashley's
> work with the magical wave of a hand and goes on to
> talk about the distributed nature of memory.
Linguist Sidney Lamb makes a good point, I think, about the lack of a
need for a homunculus as far as behavior is concerned. Distributed
knowledge is quite sufficient. Things are trickier about the apparent
unity of consciousness. But logically a homunculus is problematic. Like
the gnats in the poem, how do you prevent an infinite regress? It's
turtles all the way down, to shift metaphors. ;-)
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