Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Rules, similarity, and the information-processing blind alley

Francisco Calvo Garzón a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Murcia, Campus de Espinardo, Murcia 30100, Spain


Pothos's revision of rules and similarity in the area of language illustrates the impression that the classicist/connectionist debate is in a blind alley. Under his continuum proposal, both hypotheses fall neatly within the information-processing paradigm. In my view, the paradigm shift that dynamic systems theory represents (Spencer & Thelen 2003) should be submitted to critical scrutiny. Specific formalizations of the Rules versus Similarity distinction may not lead to a form of unification under Generalized Context Models or connectionist networks.