[Paleopsych] flag/religion - a different world
Paul J. Werbos, Dr.
paul.werbos at verizon.net
Sat Feb 26 16:52:28 UTC 2005
We do seem to be living in different worlds here. Yet,
the spirit of Teilhard de Chardin, I would argue that we aree only
making real progress if we have some sense of how the worlds come
together... turn out to be "one elephant...".
So here is one view of the elephant, per a plenary talk I will be giving soon
Neural Networks and Adaptive Dynamic Programming: the New Path to Building
and Understanding Brain-Style Intelligence
Neural networks provide new tools, new questions and new foundations for
solving practical problems
in prediction, modeling, decision and control, state estimation, pattern
recognition, data mining, etc.
Traditional statistics tries to collect a huge library of different methods
for different tasks, but the brain is living proof
that one system can do it all, if there is data. It proves that a system
can manage many millions of variables
without being confused (usually, when we really use our brain). Neural-type
learning implemented on distributed
elements like neurons allows use of new general chips like CNN, with many
thousand times more throughput than older chip types.
Adaptive dynamic programming (ADP) is a type of learning related to the
Bellman equation, which is as important to the
general adaptive optimal value-based management of complex systems (like
energy systems) as Maxwell's Laws
and the Dirac equation are to electronics. New advances, designs and
applications of ADP on neural networks show some big improvements in
performance and stability over
older methods, and a new functional way to understand the brain and mind
this new hyper-rational way to understand the mind is very synergistic with
practical ways to understand the mind
rooted in personal experience which have evolved in wise folk traditions
like Freud, Jung, Taoism, Confucianism and even some types of Buddhism.
It is curious to hear the phrase "religious technology, like prayer."
I do not have time right now to discuss all the many directions that
suggests to me.
But it reminds me of the old struggle between empirically-based approaches and
the lost-in-symbolic-space worlds of superstring theory, Aquinas,
(left or right) and obsession with hermeneutics and such.
A key aspect that my abstract doesn't address (initially, directly) is the
approach issues like spirituality in a less "technological" way - a failing
that some Chinese would attribute to teh two equally-dirty-crazy
barbarians of fundamentalist Islam and fundamentalist Christianity.
Is "regios technology" -- all authentic experience -- to b reduced
to trying to order hamburgers from god's macdonalds in the sky?
When an earthquake or two or three hits Iran, do we really blame it all on
And -- re Iraq -- when the Sunni dominant group asks for a "definite
timetable for withdrawal"
as the one thing they want, could we reconsier the "redunadnt" step of the
kind of Act I was
proposing? How much are we lost in our own heads unable to respect the reality
in other minds we share this world with?
Best of luck to us all, and sorry for the time constraint...
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