Volume 9 · Number 1 · Pages 34–35
Reactive Rules Alone Cannot Construct Cognition

Martin V. Butz

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Open peer commentary on the article “Exploration of the Functional Properties of Interaction: Computer Models and Pointers for Theory” by Etienne B. Roesch, Matthew Spencer, Slawomir J. Nasuto, Thomas Tanay & J. Mark Bishop. Upshot: Although the authors investigate a form of distributed swarm intelligence and solve some problems with it – including sorting and summing – the major goal, which is constructing cognition, cannot be achieved by this approach alone. I propose that anticipatory mechanisms have the potential to construct cognition and may very well be combined with swarm intelligence principles.


Butz M. V. (2013) Reactive rules alone cannot construct cognition. Constructivist Foundations 9(1): 34–35. http://constructivist.info/9/1/034

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