Chapter 2 emphasizes “compositionality,” considered to be a uniquely human competency whereby knowledge of the world is represented by utilizing symbols. Some representative cognitive models are introduced that address the issues of problem solving in problem spaces and the abstraction of information by using “chunking” and hierarchy. The General Problem Solver that was developed by Allen Newell and Herbert A. Simon is a typical cognitive model. This chapter suggests, however, the potential difficulty in utilizing symbols internal to the mechanics of minds, especially in an attempt to ground symbols in real-time online sensory–motor reality and context.
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