It is claimed that there are pre-objective phenomena, which cognitive science should explain by employing the notion of non-conceptual representational content. It is argued that a match between parallel distributed processing (PDP) and non-conceptual content (NCC) not only provides a means of refuting recent criticisms of PDP as a cognitive architecture; it also provides a vehicle for NCC that is required by naturalism. A connectionist cognitive mapping algorithm is used as a case study to examine the affinities between PDP and NCC.
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Chrisley, R.L. Connectionism, cognitive maps and the development of objectivity. Artif Intell Rev 7, 329–354 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00849059
- cognitive architecture
- cognitive map
- concept learning
- non-conceptual content
- parallel distributed processing
- sub-symbolic computation