Some issues in computational modelling: Occam’s Razor and Hegel’s hair gel

Richard Shillcock, Matthew Roberts, Hamutal Kreiner, Mateo Obregon-Sargent

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We look at some of the assumptions made in the computational modelling of cognition. In particular, we look at some of the problems raised by the conventional modelling goal of simplicity. We review why cognitive modellers make certain choices and we emphasise the central role of abstraction. We conclude that Occam's Razor is only half the story in using implemented computational models to explain cognitive processing, and we raise a number of questions that point the way to a materialist position in computational cognitive modelling.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnectionist Models of Neurocognition and Emergent Behaviour
EditorsEddy Davelaar
PublisherSingapore: World Scientific Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-4340-35-9
ISBN (Print)978-981-4340-34-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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