Lunch Uncertain. (Review of Floridi, Luciano (2011):

Harnad, Stevan (2011). « Lunch Uncertain. (Review of Floridi, Luciano (2011): ». Times Literary Supplement, pp. 22-23.

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The usual way to try to ground knowing according to contemporary theory of knowledge is: We know something if (1) it’s true, (2) we believe it, and (3) we believe it for the “right” reasons. Floridi proposes a better way. His grounding is based partly on probability theory, and partly on a question/answer network of verbal and behavioural interactions evolving in time. This is rather like modeling the data-exchange between a data-seeker who needs to know which button to press on a food-dispenser and a data-knower who already knows the correct number. The success criterion, hence the grounding, is whether the seeker’s probability of lunch is indeed increasing (hence uncertainty is decreasing) as a result of the interaction. Floridi also suggests that his philosophy of information casts some light on the problem of consciousness. I’m not so sure.

Type: Article de revue culturelle
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Apprentissage de catégories, perception catégorielle, ancrage des symboles, conscience
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences humaines > Département de psychologie
Déposé par: Stevan Harnad
Date de dépôt: 10 déc. 2014 14:14
Dernière modification: 10 déc. 2014 14:14
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