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By Michael A. Arbib (auth.), K. N. Leibovic (eds.)

In fresh years, numerous symposia were hung on matters with regards to the overall subject matter of data processing within the fearful method. it really is now widely known that this entire box is speedily constructing and altering in a way past our imaginings of some years in the past. while faced with conceptual revolutions of this type, it truly is justifiable to have a endured on-going discourse and disputation in order that there's greatest chance for interplay among the leaders of suggestion in the entire re­ lated disciplines. The convention prepared through okay. N. Leibovic, and held on the nation collage of latest York at Buffalo from October twenty first to twenty fourth, 1968, made a striking contribution to this interplay. it's lucky that there's the following being released, not just the papers contributed to the sym­ posium, but additionally a lot of the stimulating dialogue. The time period "neuronal equipment" will be validly used simply because there's now stable realizing of the operational mechanisms of at the least many of the neuronal facilities within the mind, and our wisdom of those mechanisms is progressing in a such a lot encouraging demeanour. The acknowledged target via Prof. Leibovic, the organizer of the symposium, used to be that it used to be designed to cor­ relate neuronal equipment with psychophysiological phenomena. He calls realization to the urgency of accomplishing a typical conceptual foundation for neuro­ anatomy, neurophysiology, and psychology.

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2. A next-state map 8 : QxX ~ Q. 3. \ : QxX ~ Y. The data defining the sequential machine are purely abstract entities. We can realize these data in a variety of ways. In particular, we can associate the abstract set of states Q with the states of a particular modulat network, and thus obtain a realization of an abstract sequential machine in terms of modular net. Indeed, given any abstract sequential machine, there is a modular network (built, say, out of McCulloch-Fitts neurons) which will realize it.

This example will serve both to illustrate the problems in concrete terms, and to provide the basis for an analysis of what must be done to solve problems of hierarchical description in general. The example I wish to consider is that of a thermodynamic systemmore particularly the kind of system which we call a gas. We all know that we can regard a gas in two quite different ways. On the one hand, we can regard a gas as a system consisting of a large number of individual (Newtonian) particles, while on the other hand, a gas may be considered simply as a continuous fluid, without any substructure.

1949). The organization of behavior. New York: Wiley & Sons. McCulloch, W. and Pitts, W. (1943). On the ideas immanent in neural activity. Bull. Math. , 5: 115-133. Rashevsky, N. (1938). Mathematical biophysics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Sugita, M. (1961 ) . Functional analysis of chemical systems in vivo using a logical circuit equivalent. J. Theoret. , I: 415-430. DISCUSSION ARBIB: I should like to ask why you need different automata to realize different observables. In any network you can use all possible measurements of the activity of every unit in the net.

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