Creation of Concepts

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As stated earlier, concepts as defined in this document are the building blocks of human intelligence. A truly autonomous intelligent mind will enter its environment with no concepts, like in the case of Billy. So this combination of facts leads to this statement:

The intelligent mind is capable of concept creation

This statement underlies the effort to make a computer “think” like a human: the candidate program needs to be able to propagate its own thoughts. This section will investigate how concepts are created by the intelligent mind. Here is an introductory statement:

Concept creation is supported by the perception of information vectors and the utilization of pre-existing concepts

As a simplified example, armed with knowledge related to the concepts of ice, water, and temperature, a person watching an ice cube sitting in the Summer sun would be exposed to (and eventually learn) the concept of melting.
There is a bit of a chicken and egg situation built into the principle statement above. If the intelligent mind is born with no concepts, but concepts are created using a combination of perceived input vectors and pre-existing concepts, then the first concepts must be created using information vectors alone.

And I believe that is the case. But first I will recall what was stated earlier in this document: in addition to having the five senses at its disposal, the human mind is also bootstrapped with two fundamental capabilities:

  • the awareness of the passing of time
  • an awareness of three-dimensional space

Again, these two capabilities do not imply any concept of time and space, just an awareness in the sense that:

  • if two sounds happened five seconds apart, the mind would be aware that the two events did not occur at the same time
  • if two visible objects are in different locations, the mind would be aware that they occupy different positions in space

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