chapter  1
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Introduction

The chapters in this volume, though different in topic, style, and even scientific discipline, all share a common theme: that knowledge is first and foremost the product of experience. This obvious truth about human knowledge has significant ramifications for artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive science. It means that to understand human knowledge and how it is organized and applied, we have to understand how it was acquired. It means that to claim that a representation of knowledge is adequate, we have to show how that knowledge could be learned and how it could be updated in the face of new experience.