More Bits from Cybernetics

As I read Steven Heim’s book* I keep finding more and more interesting information. The concept of communication was an important component of cybernetics. In fact  Norbert Wiener’s seminal work Cybernetics was subtitled, Control and Communication in the Animal and Machine. The emergence of the field of cybernetics was the result of more than a decade of informal talks […]

Abstract 012315

Today’s watercolor experiment: Those of you who have been following me for the past few days might be relieved to hear that today’s watercolor study is not about ladybugs or ladybirds. At least not consciously about them. I just made up a motto: “When in doubt, abstract it out.” Not very good English but it […]

White Paper Syndrome

Well, it happened. I lost the war with my blank slate today. I had some ideas, but I couldn’t get them on paper to my satisfaction. My train of thought had been in the direction of trying to visually depict mental states. I didn’t seem to have problems with sleep, dreaming or thought (see my Sleep, Day […]

Thought

Yesterday, my post was about language and thought. My interest in this topic stems from trying to communicate with my older brother who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. It is a mystery to me what, if anything, he is thinking. Today’s post is a first look at an attempt to explain thought, from many […]

Philosophical Musings

Intentionality According to The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “Intentionality is the power of minds to be about, to represent, or to stand for, things, properties and states of affairs.” [1] Daniel Dennett, eminent philosopher of consciousness defines “the intentional stance” as a way to view the “behavior of a thing in terms of mental properties.” […]