David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Foundations of Science 1 (2):233-251 (1995)
This paper argues that all discoveries, if they can be viewed as autonomous learning from the environment, share a common process. This is the process of model abstraction involving four steps: act, predict, surprise, and refine, all built on top of the discoverer's innate actions, percepts, and mental constructors. The evidence for this process is based on observations on various discoveries, ranging from children playing to animal discoveries of tools, from human problem solving to scientific discovery. Details of this process can be studied with computer simulations of discovery in simulated environments.
|Keywords||Machine discovery Perceptions Actions Heuristic search Predictions Theory revision|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Pio García (2009). Discovery by Serendipity: A New Context for an Old Riddle. [REVIEW] Foundations of Chemistry 11 (1):33-42.
Robert T. Pennock (2000). Can Darwinian Mechanisms Make Novel Discoveries?: Learning From Discoveries Made by Evolving Neural Networks. [REVIEW] Foundations of Science 5 (2):225-238.
Andrew Lugg (1985). The Process of Discovery. Philosophy of Science 52 (2):207-220.
Steven C. Michael (2002). Time To Discovery. The Ruffin Series of the Society for Business Ethics 2002:157-161.
Francesco Amigoni, Viola Schiaffonati & Marco Somalvico (2000). A Multilevel Architecture of Creative Dynamic Agency. Foundations of Science 5 (2):157-184.
Mario Alai (2004). A.I., Scientific Discovery and Realism. Minds and Machines 14 (1):21-42.
Jan M. Zytkow (1995). Creating a Discoverer: Autonomous Knowledge Seeking Agent. [REVIEW] Foundations of Science 1 (2):253-283.
Toby J. Sommer (2001). Suppression of Scientific Research: Bahramdipity and Nulltiple Scientific Discoveries. Science and Engineering Ethics 7 (1):77-104.
Herbert Simon (1995). Machine Discovery. Foundations of Science 1 (2):171-200.
Jan M. Zytkow & Herbert A. Simon (1988). Normative Systems of Discovery and Logic of Search. Synthese 74 (1):65 - 90.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads3 ( #224,207 of 1,089,104 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?