chapter  7
30 Pages

Connectionism, Generalization, and Propositional Attitudes: A Catalogue of Challenging Issues

M y goal is to bring up some neglected issues involved in the business of applying connectionism (mainly of the distributed variety) to the high-level cognitive tasks that symbolic artificial intelligence (AI) has been applied to, such as reasoning and natural language processing. Most of the points I raise present something of a problem to (certain styles of) connectionism, although one or two are about opportunities for connectionism to contribute something distinctive to the achievement of those tasks.