Grand Unified Theory of Mind

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Ramon y Cajal in the early Part of this Century Drew up the Plan.
Sherrington begat Eccles, who begat Mentifex, who begat Nommulta.
Chomsky docuit Lyon, qui docuit Dafydd Gibbon, qui docuit Murray.
Hubel (see also Wiesel) referred Murray to Marr who wrote Vision.
McLuhan gave us to understand media: A meme is a meme is a scam.
Steven Case stormed the Internet with a softening-up AOL barrage.
The Internet on Wings of Web brings You the Grand Unified Theory:

/^^^^^^^^^^^\ Vision > Consciousness < Audition /^^^^^^^^^^^\
/ inputs to \ associative________ / inputs to \
|visual/--------|-------\ memory / syntax \ |auditory memory|
|memory| recog-|nition | \________/<--|-------------\ |
| ___|___ | | flush-vector| spiral| _______ | |
| /image \ | __|___ ___V___ loop| /stored \ | |
| / percept \ | /deep \<-----/lexical\<---|--/ phonemes\| |
| \ engrams /<--|-->/concepts\--->/concepts \---|->\ of words/ |
| \_______/ | \________/ \_________/ | \_______/ |

http://www.newciv.org/Mentifex/ run periodic Mentifex Web search.

Jorn Barger

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In article <EAwDC...@scn.org>, SCN User <ment...@scn.org> wrote:

>http://www.newciv.org/Mentifex/ run periodic Mentifex Web search.


Arthur, this site is an embarrassment.

There are some 13 links, totally unexplained, linking to:

- a five-chapter essay you wrote in 1972, plus revised version of same
- three blurbs with your diagram

I withdraw my offer to link to it from my Outsider's Guide.

If you have anything to say other than how wonderful you are, please
summarize ***the content*** and post it here and on your site.

Anybody can have a glimpse of the truth, but when you present it
the way you do, ***nobody*** cares...


j


Arthur T. Murray

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May 29, 1997, 3:00:00 AM5/29/97
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jo...@MCS.COM (Jorn Barger) raised a few points well-taken:

> In article <EAwDC...@scn.org>, SCN User <ment...@scn.org> wrote:

>> http://www.newciv.org/Mentifex/ run periodic Mentifex Web search.

> Arthur, this site is an embarrassment.

> There are some 13 links, totally unexplained, linking to:

> - a five-chapter essay you wrote in 1972, plus revised version of same
> - three blurbs with your diagram

> I withdraw my offer to link to it from my Outsider's Guide.

Aw, gee, Jorn, I return to this Poor Man's AI Lab full of Amigas
from my stressfull day-job at (code-name) Hotel Prager Fruehling
and I log onto DejaNews to find your withdrawal of certification.

> If you have anything to say other than how wonderful you are, please
> summarize ***the content*** and post it here and on your site.

That New Civ site isn't mine to post anything, nor is another site
http://www.complex.com.pl/~venom/science.html somewhere in Poland.

In 1992, Whole Earth Review said people could join a "Consciousness"
many-to-many written dialog group, so I mailed in my SASE and waited.
Eventually WER wrote me back that not enough people applied to join,
but they sent a list of M2M's including "Designing and Building New
Civilizations." When New Civ announced a forthcoming CD-ROM in 1995,
I mailed them for inclusion an IBM diskette of my archival AI files.

Suddenly on 6.NOV.1995 New Civ issued e-mail telling me to check out
the "Project Mentifex" website that they had established for me, and
that very day I began this series of posts that you have misprisioned.
Some other people have even sent complaint mail to the Polish site
that I have NOT EVER had any sort of contact with: no site is mine.

> Anybody can have a glimpse of the truth, but when you present it
> the way you do, ***nobody*** cares...

> j

But, Jorn! SOMEBODY has got to stand up to Drew "N.Y.T." McDermott,
who wrote in America's "Newspaper of Record" (subs: 1-800-641-3901)
of 14 May 1997 that there is no "Grand Unified Theory of Thought" on
the horizon -- in total disregard of all these neurotheoreticians
who post along with me and thee in the Kantrowitzian AI newsgroups.

Then two days ago Drew McDermott addressed Subject: Re: How stuck is AI?

> I get very puzzled by comments like this. The idea is supposed
> to be that AI should *start* with a theory of intelligence, and
> then apply it to various things. So, since we have no such theory,
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> the field is wedged? It's as if biology were no good because for
> hundreds of years it didn't have a theory of life. Biology is
> the study of life, based on the assumption that it's chemical;
> AI is the study of mind, based on the assumption that it's
> computational. AI could be fundamentally wrong in this assumption,
> just as biology could have been fundamentally wrong in its assumption
> (and lots of people thought it was). But the fact that neither field
> has finished its work yet doesn't matter.

> I'm a little hesitant to say that AI is the study of "mind."
> All I mean is that it's the study of the control of complex
> behavior in complex environments, including behaviors like people's.
> One thing AI is not is the study of "intelligence," or at least
> not the study of intelligence to the exclusion of other things
> animals do, and in that respect the "I" in "AI" is unfortunate.

> -- Drew McDermott

Jorn! Mark! Drew! AI at its noblest has to be the study of mind!

/^^^^^^^^^^^\ Syntax Strings Together a Thought /^^^^^^^^^^^\
/visual memory\ ________ semantic / auditory \
| /--------|-------\ / syntax \ memory |episodic memory|
| | recog-|nition | \________/<-----------|-------------\ |
| ___|___ | | |flush-vector | _______ | |
| /image \ | __|__ / \ _______ | /stored \ | |
| / percept \ | / \/ \/ Verbs \------|->/ phonemes\| |
| \ engrams /<--|-->/ Nouns \ \_______/ | \ of words/ |
| \_______/ | \_______/-------------------|-->\_______/ |
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http://www.newciv.org/Mentifex/ original text-only Mentifex site.
http://www.complex.com.pl/~venom/science.html five English texts.

SCN User

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May 29, 1997, 3:00:00 AM5/29/97
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From Da...@longley.demon.co.uk (David Longley) see elenchus below:

> In article <EAwDx...@freenet.victoria.bc.ca>

>> http://www.newciv.org/Mentifex/ run periodic Mentifex Web search.
>>

[David Longley:]
> List one *measurable* point prediction the above bunch of words
> and lines generates...
> --
> David Longley (check end reply line #)

Pardon my ignorance in not knowing what a point prediction is, and
let me trot out some standard apologetic points for crying Eureka!
- This Standard Model of the Mind deserves Fliegerabwehrkanone--flak.
- Those who push the envelope of AI must suffer scornful condemnation.
- Although it is not so much a measurable prediction as a qualitative
one, this model predicts that the mind arises BETWEEN memory channels.
- This theory of mind "predicts" or "satisfies" the preservation of
massive parallelism WITHOUT bottlenecking anywhere in the mindgrid.
- The model predicts a path of evolution up to and "ueber" humans.

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