Critical Self Reflection
There are a lot of ways to think about the world. Some are inconsistent, and others are more inconsistent. In a world in which the passage of time is measured by change, to say that something could be consistent through the passage of time would be a contradiction. Here, my stated goal is that I would like to build a system that is a useful model of the world. In order for a model to be useful, it must not be consistent because this seems to be a falacy of language under the current assumptions, but I will pose the goal to the engineer of such a system to create a system which becomes less inconsistent through time.
Children are not completely inconsistent in that they have pre-programmed reflexes for dealing with many aspects of their environment (social, perceptual, and physical). The child-parent relationship provides the social reflexes necessary to sustain a highly ineffectual and inconsistent state of initial being. A child's gestation period involves active mental organization of which only the most peripheral aspects are present within the womb.
Imagine the growth of structural representation of perceptions that self-organize into equiprobably distributed categories. These form the lowest level perceptual inputs. We must avoid the hierarchical representational falacy, which would later restrict our model to be unnecessarily compartmentalized. Instead, I propose the recognition of pairs of temporal transition states as the primitive atom of representation within the system. Methods of optimization and parallel processing using (possibly) graph clustering techniques could later be applied to this sort of model. This process will allow us to build an undirected model of perception. Probabilistic transition functions could be calculated using the Markov state model assumption that the entire system state is represented within the system without needing to remember previous states of the system. This is accomplished through state augmentation using the same representational elements just described.
Of course, the process of perceptual organization can only abstract up to a certain "useful" point determined by the processing and memory capabilities available without. In order to build a useful model of the world, the process of perceptual organization and prediction must be directed by a critically self-reflective process that critically acts in order to break down assumptions about the way the world works. This grounds out in terms of the specific state-transition functions that exist within the model that can be experimented with under different circumstances in order to falsify those transition functions and replace them with smaller piecewise replacements of the originals. This is a process that I refer to as critically self-reflective break down of assumptions.
I have used the term "useful" throughout this rant without definition and I propose this model explicitely without a definition of useful. Useful is meant to be some measurement of utility and utility is measured differently by every system and can be easily explained only for very simple systems. A criterion for utility in terms of a general intelligence would probably be best left at "pleasing the user", how this is measured will be an active area of current marketing and public polling research.
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