Walter J. Freeman (1998) The Necessity for Partitioning Organism From Environment
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Psycoloquy 9(81): The Necessity for Partitioning Organism From Environment
THE NECESSITY FOR PARTITIONING ORGANISM FROM ENVIRONMENT
Walter J. Freeman
Commentary on Jarvilehto on Efference-Knowledge
Division of Neurobiology
Dept of Molecular & Cell Biology,
University of California
Berkeley CA 94720 USA
Modeling perception and behavior as an
organism-environment system is a powerful step toward replicating
intelligent behavior with machines. An equally important step is to
explain the genesis of intention through nonlinear brain dynamics
as necessary before the organism engages the environment. This
implies the existence of a perceptual barrier between brains. Its
nature was first described by Thomas Aquinas, then by David Hume,
and its existence has now been shown by electrophysiological
imaging. The nature of its operation has been revealed by dynamical
analysis of the sensory cortices of animals trained to discriminate
between reinforced and unreinforced conditioned stimuli.
afference, artificial life, efference, epistemology,
evolution, Gibson, knowledge, motor theory, movement, perception,
receptors, robotics, sensation, sensorimotor systems, situatedness
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