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Developing Rational-Empirical Views of Intelligent Adaptive Behavior
KNOWLEDGE STRATEGIES POTOMAC MD
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A developmental perspective is useful to understand how intelligent human behavior comes to be performed because it combines insight of evolutionary factors that enable dynamic genetic-environmental interactions within individual humans. Such developmental adaptations may now be studied experimentally using developmental and epigenetic robots. Resulting insights is a useful step toward more complete, valid understanding of intelligent behavior, its adaptive nature and its structural roots. Taken together these broaden the concept of engineering mind to include the larger concept of development. This paper overviews recent work of evolutionary and developmental psychology, epigenetic robots and cognitive science. A synthesis of these suggest means by which the fluid nature of adaptive knowledge arises developmentally within a heterogeneous architecture adapted for adaptation itself as part of a rational-empirical process. At this top-level of intelligence, situation-specific adaptive functions are processed using a dynamic mix of belief-based, rational-empirical cognitive processes and socialized methods adjusted within human cultures. General research goals of such an integrated, consilient view of intelligence are outlined for future research.
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