On 9/6/2011 12:43 PM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
I was talking about realism in a sense that universals exist (I am not sure if this could be generalized for all things). My first naive/crazy idea was that this could give some basis to produce qualia related to notation. Neurons somehow distill universals from things and report them.

On the other hand, if we are to write a program that should classify objects, then this program should have some dictionary with categories. That dictionary in some sense should exist.

Wouldn't those neural net face recognition programs be an example of this. They start out not knowing anyone's face. But then with training they learn to recognize Brent and distinguish him from Evgenii. Each instance of the Brent image is a little different from the other instances but it assigned the same classification for purposes of access or other action. In effect it has invented "Brent" and "Evgenii" as universals. The 'dictionary' then exists as the combined information of the program and memory. The persistent patterns in memory are analogous to dictionary entries. The imaging and actions provide the meaning of these entries.


This was my second naive/crazy thought. It would be interesting to look how realism/nominalism is translated into the object-oriented programming.


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