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|Author:||Whitman Richards (author)||Language:||English|
|In this book, Whitman Richards offers a vel and provocative proposal for understanding decision making and human behavior. Building on Valenti Braitenberg's famous vehicles, Richards describes a collection of mental organisms that he calls daemons -- virtual correlates of neural modules. Daemons have favored choices and make decisions that control behaviors of the group to which they belong, with each daemon preferring a different outcome. Richards arranges these preferences in graphs, linking similar choices, which thus reinforce each other. Anigrafs refers to these two components -- animals, or the mental organisms (agents or daemons), and the graphs that show similarity relations. Together these two components are the basis of a new cognitive architecture. In Richards's account, a collection of daemons compete for control of the cognitive system in which they reside; the challenge is to get the daemons to agree on one of many choices. Richards explores the results of group decisions, emphasizing the Condorcet voting procedure for aggregating preferences. A neural mechanism is proposed. Anigrafs presents a series of group decisions that incorporate simple and complex movements, as well as aspects of cognition and belief. Anigrafs concludes with a section on metagrafs, which chart relationships between different anigraf models.|
|Publisher||MIT Press Ltd|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||213987838|
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|Place of Publication||Cambridge, Mass.|
|Content Note||7 Color Illus., 49 B&W Illus.|
|Format Details||Trade Paperback (US)|
|Author Biography||Whitman Richards is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and is affiliated with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). He has been a member of MIT's faculty for fifty years.|
|Country of Publication||United States|
|Subject||Life Sciences: General|
|Date of Publication||24/04/2015|
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