Part Of: [Cognitive Architecture] sequence
Followup To: [Mental Architecture v1.4]
Let’s review our theoretical trajectory.
The Autonomic Mind: Belief, Motivation, and Decision Making
Our first architectures (1.0 → 1.2) explored the autonomic mind, which comprises our most fundamental mental capacities.
The Algorithmic Mind: Attention, Consciousness, and Intelligence
Subsequent architectures (1.3 → 1.4) complemented this understanding with the algorithmic mind, by weaving together three theories:
- The Global Workspace theory of consciousness (inspired by Baars).
- The Interpretive Sensory Access theory of introspection (inspired by Carruthers).
- The Emergent Working Memory theory of attention (inspired by Postle).
There is a close link between intelligence and consciousness, as evidenced by working memory’s strong correlation with both. Generally fluid intelligence (IQ) is essentially a measure of the precision of your attentional streams.
The Reflective Mind: Metacognition, Control, and Culture
The novel innovation of this architecture (1.5) could be entitled Prefrontal Cortex: The Final Frontier. It integrates two theories into the base corpus:
- The Reflective Modulation theory of cognitive override (inspired by Stanovitch).
- The Somatic Frame theory of culture (inspired by Damasio).
These five theories together constitute the foundation stones of my mental architecture. Let me call this synthesis the Attention-Modulated Tripartite Mind theory.
Putting Clothes On My Theory
A theory is a house, and the above merely represents its foundation. On this base, I will add details: the following posts are planned:
- Towards Architectural Phylogeny. Explaining mental evolution across species is an important requirement for any mental architecture.
- Towards Brain Architecture. If the brain implements the mind, then we should be able to localize mental software packages to their respective neural locations.
- Towards Body Architecture. The brain’s computational powers serve the needs of an organism. Mental and brain architectures must be rooted in the concerns of anatomy and ecology.