Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

"As a bat navigates its physical environment, it's also navigating a network of social relationships... these maps overlap. The brain cells informing a bat of its own location also encode details about other bats nearby — not only their location, but also their identities." This is a really important thing to understand about neural networks generally. Neurons don't 'stand for' some particular thing; they can be affected by any given experience, which means that our knowledge of one thing is intermingled with our knowledge of a very different thing - in this case, knowledge of the physical environment overlaps with knowledge of social relationships.

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