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postgraduate thesis: Abduction and computation

TitleAbduction and computation
Authors
Advisors
Advisor(s):Lau, JYF
Issue Date2012
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Abstract
In the thesis, Fodor’s arguments against computationalism are defeated. His arguments appeal to syntactic constraints and intractability. We argue that arguments based on syntactic constraints are not satisfactory. We then argue that the argument via intractability is not satisfactory either. We also discuss various approaches to the problem of abduction in a computationalist setting. We argue that the social solution that human everyday cognitive activity is not isotropic and Quinean is correct. Secondly, we argue that the local solution is too preliminary a proposal. We give our objections concerning the calculation of the effect to effort ratio and the claim that memory organization leads one to relevant information. Thirdly, we argue that the natural language approach is circular. Fourthly, we arguedthat the web search approach provides a partial account of finding relevant information but leaves out the key problem of evaluating the search results. Fifthly, we argue that the global workspace approach relegates the most important part of the solution to consciousness. In the end, we give a framework sketching mechanisms that could solve the problem of abduction.
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
SubjectAbduction.
Cognition.
Dept/ProgramPhilosophy

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.advisorLau, JYF-
dc.contributor.authorLie, Nga-sze.-
dc.contributor.author李雅詩.-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.description.abstractIn the thesis, Fodor’s arguments against computationalism are defeated. His arguments appeal to syntactic constraints and intractability. We argue that arguments based on syntactic constraints are not satisfactory. We then argue that the argument via intractability is not satisfactory either. We also discuss various approaches to the problem of abduction in a computationalist setting. We argue that the social solution that human everyday cognitive activity is not isotropic and Quinean is correct. Secondly, we argue that the local solution is too preliminary a proposal. We give our objections concerning the calculation of the effect to effort ratio and the claim that memory organization leads one to relevant information. Thirdly, we argue that the natural language approach is circular. Fourthly, we arguedthat the web search approach provides a partial account of finding relevant information but leaves out the key problem of evaluating the search results. Fifthly, we argue that the global workspace approach relegates the most important part of the solution to consciousness. In the end, we give a framework sketching mechanisms that could solve the problem of abduction.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B4819928X-
dc.subject.lcshAbduction.-
dc.subject.lcshCognition.-
dc.titleAbduction and computation-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb4819928-
dc.description.thesisnameDoctor of Philosophy-
dc.description.thesisleveldoctoral-
dc.description.thesisdisciplinePhilosophy-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.date.hkucongregation2012-

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