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ERIC Number: EJ1025296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 21
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ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Programs as Causal Models: Speculations on Mental Programs and Mental Representation
Chater, Nick; Oaksford, Mike
Cognitive Science, v37 n6 p1171-1191 Aug 2013
Judea Pearl has argued that counterfactuals and causality are central to intelligence, whether natural or artificial, and has helped create a rich mathematical and computational framework for formally analyzing causality. Here, we draw out connections between these notions and various current issues in cognitive science, including the nature of mental "programs" and mental representation. We argue that programs (consisting of algorithms and data structures) have a causal (counterfactual-supporting) structure; these counterfactuals can reveal the nature of mental representations. Programs can also provide a "causal model" of the external world. Such models are, we suggest, ubiquitous in perception, cognition, and language processing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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