The study of nonhuman intelligence could be missing major insights

In 1984 the computer scientist Aaron Sloman, of the University of Birmingham in England, published a paper arguing for more systematic thinking on the vague yet intuitive notion of mind. It was time, he said, to admit into the conversation what we had learned about animal cognition, as well as what research on artificial intelligence and computer systems was telling us. Sloman’s paper was titled “The structure of the space of possible minds”.


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