[Haskell-cafe] Re: (semi OT) Fwd: Old math reveals new thinking in children's cognitive development

Benjamin L.Russell DekuDekuplex at Yahoo.com
Tue Dec 15 15:34:37 EST 2009

On Fri, 11 Dec 2009 22:26:55 -0600, Tom Tobin <korpios at korpios.com>

>On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 9:21 PM, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH
><allbery at ece.cmu.edu> wrote:
>> Unexpected applications of category theory for $500, Alex....
>Before you know it, they're going to be modeling mental processes as monads.  :p

Modeling mental processes using a tool related to a branch of
mathematics or computer science has been done before.  For example,
CopyCat was a "model of analogy making and human cognition based on
the concept of the parallel terraced scan, developed by Douglas
Hofstadter, Melanie Mitchell, and others at the at Center for Research
on Concepts and Cognition, Indiana University Bloomington" [1].

Furthermore, Metacat "is a computer model of analogy-making and
perception that builds on the foundations of an earlier model called
Copycat" [2].

A Haskellian version of Metacat could prove to be an interesting, if
challenging, project.  Does anybody know if such a project would be

-- Benjamin L. Russell

[1] "Copycat (software) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."
_Wikipedia, the
free encyclopedia._ 18 Apr. 2005. 16 Dec. 2009.

[2] Marshall, James B. "Metacat: A Self-Watching Cognitive
Architecture for Analogy-Making and High-Level Perception." James B.
Marshall. 17 Oct. 2009. 15 Dec. 2009.

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