Leibovitz, D. P. (2012) Emergence of epistemic phenomena. Poster presented at the Institute of Cognitive Science Spring Conference (ICSSC) of Carleton University, pp. 1-12. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. [doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4649.3920] (PDF)
Abstract: Q: Are you using the correct level of analysis?
We claim that for the unique requirements of cognition
- There is only one micro level of ontology, realization and causal explanation (the systems level)
- It is process oriented
- It can causally explain all higher level behaviours and phenomena
- There are no higher levels of causal explanation
- Causality flows among actual ontological parts, not to or from epistemic abstractions Under the standard macro level approach, we further claim that
- There are no macro level stimuli, measurements and phenomena – they are epistemic illusions
- Merely arbitrary and uninformed patterns of micro-level inputs or outputs between an experimental paradigm and a non-representational cognitive agent
Our claims originate from our unified process model of visual filling-in. We noticed that while the model explains all the phenomena, none of them actually existed. The epistemic phenomena arise from oversimplified and implicit folk-theories. Epistemic phenomena emerge from lack of knowledge, from lack of a Systems level theory.
We show the results – the visual demonstration for a variety of “phenomena”. Your task:
Show me the macro level stimuli, measurement or phenomena!
It is only by getting rid of the macro level of analysis that one can hope to uncover a (micro) systems level and begin to causally unify explanations for cognition.
- Poster (PDF, 1.96MB)
- ICS Spring Conference 2012 (ICSSC 2012)