Developing Intelligence

Archives for February, 2009

A principal insight from computational neuroscience for studies of higher-level cognition is rooted in the recurrent network architecture. Recurrent networks, very simply, are those composed of neurons that connect to themselves, enabling them to learn to maintain information over time that may be important for behavior. Elaborations to this basic framework have incorporated mechanisms for…

Guest Post by Seth Herd. I disagree with many of Gary Marcus‘s theories, but I think that his book Kluge is important, entertaining, and even accurate. The book’s main thesis is that if God had designed the human mind, He would’ve done a better job. I’m not all that interested in arguments about intelligent design,…

When reading the title of this post, your knowledge of the world was sufficient to let you interpret the phrase “when pigs fly,” but also alerted you to the fact that it is inconsistent with much of that world knowledge: clearly, pigs don’t fly. A new study by Menenti, Petersson, Scheeringa & Hagoort localizes the…