Epistemology as a productive method for brain-research, but also as a model for the intelligent brain itself: Kant versus Popper twice-over.Robert Ralph Traill
Australia-NZ PhilBio Workshop
Epistemology as a productive method for brain-research, but also as a model for the intelligent brain itself: Kant versus Popper twice-over.
Orthodoxy says that the memory-and-thought are somehow enacted by the synaptic junctions between neuron nerve-cells — but after decades that “somehow” remains vague! Anyhow we should instead be seeking mechanisms with digital ability. Such an alternative paradigm has recently been offered (“Coding…” J.Psychiatry & Psychiatric Disorders), as follows:
·Spare RNA offers digital encodings, some as inherited “instincts”. Others as arbitrary components assembled into countless candidate concepts, mostly then culled and recycled ·Only those deemed consistent/coherent with inputs etc. will survive. (This exemplifies the Kantian/Darwinian technique for inverting causality, using trial-&-error). ·Such RNA sites would need to intercommunicate via infra-red. That vastly increases the “Giga-bit” rate of the system, and allows signals some extra freedom beyond myelinated-nerves. ·It also offers liberating scope for digital addressing. ·Assembled concepts are small enough to fit inside nerve-fibres as “postage-packages”! ·This model initially owed nothing to direct observation.
Popper’s approach: 1.Repudiated analogy and induction as non-rigorous (yet we use them unconsciously most of the time, including for observation — justified by Gödel etc.). 2.Insisted on testability (OK but could now include “Kantian/Darwinian” tests for coherence: within the brain, or within interdisciplinary theory). 3.Dismissed hypothesis-selection as unimportant — false for complex systems.
The above model clashes with Popper. Verdict?
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