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Subject: [Haskell-cafe] Re: (semi OT) Fwd: Old math reveals new thinking in children's cognitive development
From: Benjamin L.Russell
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 05:34:37 +0900
On Fri, 11 Dec 2009 22:26:55 -0600, Tom Tobin <[email protected]>
wrote:

>On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 9:21 PM, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH
><[email protected]> wrote:
>> Unexpected applications of category theory for $500, Alex....
>
>Before you know it, they're going to be modeling mental processes as monads.  
>:p

Modeling mental processes using a tool related to a branch of
mathematics or computer science has been done before.  For example,
CopyCat was a "model of analogy making and human cognition based on
the concept of the parallel terraced scan, developed by Douglas
Hofstadter, Melanie Mitchell, and others at the at Center for Research
on Concepts and Cognition, Indiana University Bloomington" [1].

Furthermore, Metacat "is a computer model of analogy-making and
perception that builds on the foundations of an earlier model called
Copycat" [2].

A Haskellian version of Metacat could prove to be an interesting, if
challenging, project.  Does anybody know if such a project would be
feasible?

-- Benjamin L. Russell

[1] "Copycat (software) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."
_Wikipedia, the
free encyclopedia._ 18 Apr. 2005. 16 Dec. 2009.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copycat_%28software%29>. 

[2] Marshall, James B. "Metacat: A Self-Watching Cognitive
Architecture for Analogy-Making and High-Level Perception." James B.
Marshall. 17 Oct. 2009. 15 Dec. 2009.
<http://science.slc.edu/~jmarshall/metacat/>. 

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