[ExI] Symbol Grounding

Gordon Swobe gordon.swobe at gmail.com
Wed Apr 26 16:45:25 UTC 2023

On Wed, Apr 26, 2023 at 10:32 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> It seems to me that the differences of opinion here have a deeper cause
> than any mentioned.
> It's a conflict about which general approach we should take to
> investigate how the mind works: The scientific method, or pre-scientific
> ideas such as intuition and philosophical debate.
> I notice that I never did get any reply from Gordon on my question
> whether he agreed that spike trains are the language of the brain.
> Almost as if he was simply ignoring the matter, regarding the foundation
> of all brain activity as being irrelevant to how it works.

I wrote to you that in my opinion you were conflating linguistics and

Actually, you went further than that, arguing that linguistics is not even
the correct discipline.  But you were supposedly refuting my recent
argument which is entirely about what linguistics — the science of language
— can inform us about language models.

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