Mechanisms of Meaning

How do organisms generate meaning during their development? What designs of information structures and processes best explain how animals understand concepts?

In “A Deepness in the Mind: The Symbol Grounding Problem“, I showed a three layer diagram with semantic connections on the top. I’d like to spend some time discussing the bottom of the top layer.

Basic Meaning Mechanisms

At the moment, there seems to be a few worthwhile avenues of investigation:

  • Emotions
  • Affordances
  • Metaphors And Blends

Each of these points of view involve certain theories and architecture concepts. Soon I will have more blog posts describing these concepts and how we might implement and synthesize them. Marvin Minsky’s books Society of Mind and The Emotion Machine have many mental agency and structure ideas that may be useful in this context.

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  1. SynapticNulship » Blog Archive » Emotional Developmental Symbol Creation Says:

    [...] system that is similar to humans or other animals, it has to have some way to generate meaning. A potential mechanism of meaning is an emotional system which has built in symbol [...]

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