Monday, June 20, 2011

Inference, Experience, and Genetics

Some or many lessons learned through experience may be genetically encoded over time and this may be why infants can draw many valid inferences before they have any experience. Cf. Nicholas Wade, In Tiny Worm, Unlocking Secrets of the Brain, NYTimes (June 20, 2011):
Dr. Bargmann sees the arrangement in evolutionary terms. “The more reliable a piece of information is, the more it will be shifted into the genome,” she says. That way, an organism does not have to risk learning what is good or bad; the genes will dictate the right behavior by wiring it into the nervous system. Worms are wired up to know that diacetyl means good eating.

The dynamic evidence page

It's here: the law of evidence on Spindle Law. See also this post and this post.

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