Attractor Nets 2011: Diagrams for a New Theory of Mind

56 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2011

Date Written: March 6, 2011


These diagrams explore the use of Sydney Lamb’s relational network notion for linguistics to represent the logical structure of complex collection of attractor landscapes (as in Walter Freeman’s account of neuro-dynamics). Given a sufficiently large system, such as a vertebrate nervous system, one might want to think of the attractor net as itself being a dynamical system, one at a higher order than that of the dynamical systems realized at the neuronal level. Constructions include: variety ('is-a' inheritance), simple movements, counting and place notation, orientation in time and space, language, learning.

Keywords: cognition, language, neural net, relational net, brain, dynamics, chaos, complexity

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Attractor Nets 2011: Diagrams for a New Theory of Mind (March 6, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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