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Cognitive Science and Genetic Epistemology: A Case Study of by David Leiser

By David Leiser

A few 10 years in the past, Leo Apostel awarded an research of advancements happening in genetic epistemology and synthetic intelligence, and re marked that the 2 disciplines seemed to be converging, with no one dominating or assimilating the opposite. In his view, major formal and experimental growth will be required within the post-Piagetian period: ge netic epistemology would have to bear in mind advancements in synthetic intelligence, whereas ultimate an self sustaining self-discipline on the frontiers of biology, common sense, and psychology. The paintings of David Leiser and Christiane Gillieron, either psychol ogists with a Genevan education who're involved by way of the procedural facets of intelligence, is a vital contribution. Their experiences, which open up new theoretical views, are conducted with metic ulous realization to analyze method. Going past basically advert dressing criticisms concerning the prestige of Piagetian operational buildings, their paintings can assist fill the distance among genetic epistemology and cog nitive technological know-how.

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As a matter of fact, we shall see in Part II an example of two alternate paths of development culminating in the same operational structure. Moreover, the picture sketched in this chapter is somewhat oversimplified. There are transcripts which do not readily fit into this classification. However, it is appropriate to see how advanced levels of understanding incorporate earlier ones, and add to them some new, intelligible piece of insight. The nature of this addition will become clearer in the following chapters.

The next chapter will discuss mental representations of the basic algorithm entertained by adults. 3 PROCEDURE REPRESENTATIONS 35 The task of our subjects was to describe the configuration produced by applying an algorithm to a set of elements. This final configuration may be seen as produced by three factors: the properties of the procedure, considered in isolation; those of the execution space, that is, the elements to which the procedure is to be applied; and finally, the initial state of the execution space.

PROCEDURE REPRESENTA nONS JEJ: 47 1 see: small, smaller yet (plus petit encore) to its right, and bigger to the right. The first case was like this (indicates sticks of increasing length). 1 can generalize from there, can't I? No. If by bad luck they are well-ordered on this (left) side, and then we come across a very small one ... we would have to go up again. ) It is difficult to be sure how Jej intended to generalize. It seems, however, that he envisioned a fairly direct attribution of the two configurations involving k = 3 elements to the series of n = 8, as sole configurations.

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