The lead paper for the issue is by Dr. Sam Rakover, Professor Emeritus at the University of Haifa in Israel, which discusses a new way of considering the connections between mental states, conscious mental states, and higher order models of consciousness.
Rather than taking a reductive approach and forcing all mental activities to relate explicitly to biological features and chemistry, Rakover takes a functional approach. He focuses on the phenomenon of consciousness itself and how it fits with our overall cognitive functioning. He presents an initial sketch of a methodology that allows a better conceptualization of the method by which mental states get moved in and out of consciousness.More.
See also: Jonathan Bartlett: In machine learning, the Solomonoff induction helps us decide how successful a generalization is. In the model of generalization set out in the paper, imperfect models can get better scores but they are discounted according to the amount of error they have.
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