In our previous class discussions, we talked extensively about the main difference between AI and human beings in learning and development. Beyond the veracity of such questions is what I find to be a famously fallacious argument made over and over again throughout the course of the discussion. Many people claimed that we see robots “learning” through trial and error through genetic algorithms. The issue I took was when that process was equated to our own psychological development. For the longest time, the dominant psychological view was behaviorism, which stated that we are who we are because we are conditioned to be such through repeated trial and error. Or through learned behavior, i.e. “conditioning”. In a famous book published by the then young professor Noam Chomsky (the famous linguist and even more famous neo-marxist) lambasted, made fun of, and tore apart the behaviorist’s psychological paradigm on human development. Now almost nobody believes in the behaviorist school of psychology as applied to human growth and development. I think it’s important that we be careful when we make assertions of our psychological constitution when the larger community of psychologists have long ago abandoned such assertions.
Here’s his wikipedia page:
And a picture, which may be copyrighted… thank the lord SOPA hasn’t been passed yet 🙂