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Constructing Reality

The "Operationalization" of Bateson’s Conjecture on Cognition

Authors: Mella, Piero

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  • Presents a scientific approach to the Constructivist method of cognition that has been adopted using rigorous yet understandable language
  • Applies simple but significant models to reveal our cognitive mental mechanisms in perceiving and knowing reality, following the Batesonian constructivist approach
  • Uses the logic of Control Systems to explain mental processes through which the “Batesonian mind” constitutes objects and concepts (descriptions and definitions), and attributes meaning to the signs in order to represent and transmit its thought content to other minds
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This brief presents an overview of Gregory Bateson’s Constructivist method of Cognition. Bateson proposes a theory of cognition that is based on the abstract notion of difference that the mind distinguishes and perceives and represents information that constitutes and separates how different states are ordered, grouped, and classified. Bateson, however, does not clearly indicate how a cognitive system can develop a knowledge of reality from the perception of these differences. This book seeks to offer a scientific approach to Constructivism. Using Bateson’s hypothesis, chapters discuss how our mind distinguishes and elaborates differences, allowing us to form perceptions of objects, and how these objects can be described and compared. Chapters also discuss how from differences, it is possible to construct concepts or ideas of how these can be defined and how to derive from these differences the meanings of the signs used for the structuring of languages.  The brief offers a coherent structure of propositions that form an interpretative theory of the modus operandi of the human mind, which will be useful not only in shedding light on our cognitive processes, but also in laying the formal groundwork for artificial intelligence.

Constructing Reality is a must-have resource for researchers and students of the cognitive sciences, as well as education sciences, and researchers and scholars of artificial intelligence, learning theory, and intelligent automata programming.


About the authors

Piero Mella is Full Professor of Business Economics and Control Theory in the

Faculty of Economics, University of Pavia. In the past, he has been the Dean of the

Faculty as well as the Director of its Department of Business Research. He has

authored dozens of publications (among which a treatise entitled Amministrazione

d’Impresa [Management of the Firm], UTET Press), and for years he has researched

systems theory from multiple perspectives. His recent essays about systems theory

include: The Holonic Revolution. Holons, Holarchies and Holonic Networks. The

Ghost in the Production Machine (Pavia University Press. Pavia, 2009), Systems

Thinking: Intelligence in Action (Springer, 2012), The Magic Ring: Systems

Thinking Approach to Control Systems (Springer, 2014) and The Combinatory

Systems Theory. Understanding, modeling and simulating collective phenomena

(Springer, 2017).

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constructing Reality
Book Subtitle
The "Operationalization" of Bateson’s Conjecture on Cognition
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Cognition
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44132-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44132-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-44131-9
Series ISSN
2625-2929
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 103
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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