Monday, April 14, 2008

Distributed Parallel Processing, Digital Processing, and Assessment in Legal Proceedings of Human Mental States and Operations

Among certain students of the mind, there is a disagreement about whether human thinking is fundamentally connectionist, digital (a/k/a symbolic), or some combination of the two. See generally Gary F. Marcus, The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science (MIT Press, 2003). Does the answer to this riddle have any implications for how adjudicators should assess human mental states and operations such as "sanity," "intentionality," and "recklessness"? If not, why not?
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