Sanjay ChandrasekharanFrom Pheromones to Memories: An Integrated Model of the Origin of External and Internal Representations
Based on two (reactive agent) simulations, I will argue that non-human organisms could generate novel epistemic structures (external representations that lower cognitive load) and novel internal traces (memories of the world that lower cognitive load) using the same learning mechanism.
I will then outline some of the implications of this model, particularly for Representation, the Extended Mind Thesis, and Simulation/Enaction Theory.
If time permits, I will also outline how the same model, with some modifications, explains human generation of structures in the world to lower cognitive load.
The paper (forthcoming in Adaptive Behaviour) is here.
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