Stephen Downes

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Relevant Similarity


Philosophy Workshop, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Lecture, Nov 15, 1990.

This was an in-house presentation of a core element of a lot of my later work. The thesis of relevant similarity is that inference is made through metaphor and association, not logic and deduction. The associationism mechanisms better explain how children and animals draw inferences without language, and are based in the work of Hume and Mill. See post.

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