Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
van Gelder: The dynamical hypothesis

The dynamical hypothesis: One battle behind


Robert M. French a1 and Elizabeth Thomas a2
a1 Psychology Department, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium rfrench@ulg.ac.be www.fapse.ulg.ac.be/Lab/Trav/rfrench.html
a2 Institut Léon Frédéricq, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium ethomas@ulg.ac.be www.fapse.ulg.ac.be/Lab/Trav/ethomas.html

Abstract

What new implications does the dynamical hypothesis have for cognitive science? The short answer is: none. The target article is basically an attack on traditional symbolic artificial intelligence (AI) and differs very little from prior connectionist criticisms of it. For the past 10 years, the connectionist community has been well aware of the necessity of using (and understanding) dynamically evolving, recurrent network models of cognition.