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Benny Shanon's The Representational and the Presentational (RP) offers a wide-ranging critique of the representational/computational view of mind (RCVM) that has ruled cognitive psychology. The book was originally released in 1993, but because of publishing woes, was not advertised or distributed, which is unfortunate because of its significance for cognitive science. In the second edition, Shanon offers no revision to the original text. However, he does include a new postscript in which he states, "I am happy to say that I still hold on to everything I say in [RP]. If anything, I have become even more ardent in my opposition to RCVM and more entrenched in my alternative view of both mind and the science of psychology." (364). I will focus on the postscript at the end of the review.
In the opening sections of the book, Shanon offers a summary of the reasons for representationalism. In part 1, he provides four distinct lines of critique of representationalism. In part 2, he elucidates ramifications of rejecting representationalism and provides a "picture" of his alternative approach. In the postscript, he updates RP. According to Shanon, representationalism is based on three basic ideas: 1. People behave by virtue of their possessing knowledge; 2. Knowledge is constituted by mental representations; 3. Cognitive activity consists in the manipulation of these representations, namely, the application of computational operations to them. As Shanon suggests, his focus is on evaluating whether the theoretical frameworks are appropriate or useful in explaining diverse psychological phenomena, which suggests that RP is a critique by way of a distinctive kind of cognitive phenomenology.
Shanon's target is representationalism. He distinguishes six different senses and rationales for positing representations:
1) General sense and rationale: Representations are concrete external things that stand for something else and are non-theoretically posited because we observe them. While this notion of representation is not the target of critique, it emerges as central to the claim that Shanon makes: humans create representations through cognitive activity rather than manipulate representations through computations (18).
2) Experiential sense and rationale: Representations are phenomenal entities and are posited because we directly experience them.
3) Naïve sense and rationale: Representations are the locus of a range of cognitive phenomena, perception, action and emotion and are posited to explain and predict behavior.
4) Epistemic sense and rationale: Representations are the substrate of significance of linguistic and non-linguistic behavior and are posited to account for the orderly and rule-governed nature of such behavior.
5) Functional sense and rationale: Representations are input/output mediating functions between organism and environment and are posited to account for behavior that cannot be understood in terms of either organism contribution or environment contribution alone.
6) Technical-psychological sense and rationale: Technical-psychological or semantic representations are "well-formed structures of well-defined abstract symbolic entities constituting a complete and exhaustive canonical code which is determinate and static" (12).
Shanon's target is predominantly the technical-psychological or semantic sense of representationalism, most centrally, the work of Fodor and Pylyshyn (Fodor (1975); Fodor and Pylyshyn (1988)). However, readers familiar with the Fodor/Pylyshyn account will recognize that Shanon's expressed target is quite different. Shanon offers four lines of critique.
The first line of critique focuses on the epistemic rationale and argues that the fixed, abstract and determinate nature of semantic representations cannot capture the knowledge that humans have of the world. The critiques are that the determinateness of semantic representations cannot account for the context-sensitivity of thought, the abstractness of semantic representations cannot account for the "medium" of thought and the fixedness of semantic representations cannot account for the temporal aspect of thought.
The second line of critique focuses on the functionalist rationale and argues that the representations that cognitive scientists posit issue unbridgeable gaps between the cognitive system and the body, the cognitive system and the external physical world, the cognitive system and the social other and the cognitive system and non-cognitive features of the individual.
The third line of critique focuses on the temporal dimension of cognition and argues that since representations are fundamentally atemporal, and cognition is fundamentally temporal, then RCVM fails to capture the nature of cognition. Shanon argues through a conceptual analysis that cognition is intrinsically temporal and representations are intrinsically atemporal. Then, he focuses on a description of human actions in time. Cognition, it is argued, is not only temporal at a time, but also temporal from the perspective of development and evolution.
The fourth line of critique focuses on the technical-psychological sense and semantic rationale for positing representations. In an "intermezzo," Shanon pauses to discuss the reasons for theorizing with representations at all. This chapter is the most helpful chapter in the text, since it makes Shanon's target more transparent. However, one problem is that his major critique is that RCVM is committed to naive realism (243), however, the major figures in non-representational cognitive science inspired by James J. Gibson (one of Shanon's main influences in the text) have supported naive realism. Otherwise, according to Shanon, cognitive scientists are wrong to make a substantive-metaphysical assumption of dualism (inspired by Descartes, they segregate mind and world) and a theoretical-methodological assumption of purism (inspired by Plato, they are wedded to formal or structural posits). I would suggest that readers read "Why Representationalism?" after reading Chapter 1, for this reason.
The second line of critique provides the most articulate challenge to RCVM, since the other lines of critique suffer from a lack of clarity and precision. The first line of critique leaves several central premises without argument, key notions obscure and imprecise, and does not defend the basic thesis. For instance, in the discussion of context, Shanon claims without argument that knowledge of context is essential for cognition. Throughout the text, the phrase "the medium of thought" is used, and the only attempt to clarify that notion is through an extended analogy in which cognition is compared to swimming: "it concretely manifests what is, in essence, true of cognition in general" (270). The argument that is presented that we create representations rather than manipulate representations is at best circular.
The third line of critique does not consider the ways in which computational processes could be considered to be temporal. The argument for the premise that representations and computations of RCVM are atemporal is based solely on a limited focus on the static accounts of RCVM. But, since the dynamicist challenge to symbolicism and connectionism (Van Gelder and Port (1995), Van Gelder (1995)), there have been attempts to respond to these challenges (Eliasmith (1996)). Shanon also does not provide an argument for the claim that cognition is fundamentally temporal, but instead highlights ways in which the phenomena of perception, memory, learning and development involve temporality.
The fourth line of critique is the professed aim of the book, to critique the main proponents of RCVM, namely, the views of Fodor and Pylyshyn. But, this short chapter becomes a reflection on the concept of knowing and cognizing, which does not provide a critique as much as engage in word play about etymology. The upshot is that cognitive scientists beholden to the sense of cognition that implies information should focus on the sense of cognition that implies intentionality. There are too many cognitive scientists to mention that are currently doing so.
About the second line of critique, Shanon raises interesting problems for cognitive science. However, Shanon's claim that the unbridgeable gaps between a representational/computational cognitive system and the body, the world, the other and the emotions is overstated. Paul Thagard (2005) has provided an introductory summary of the challenges to RCVM similar to Shanon's, and Shanon does not consider all the possible avenues of response that cognitive scientists might utilize. For instance, Thagard considers three options. Cognitive scientists might deny the challenges. They might expand and supplement RCVM to deal with the challenges. Or, they might reject RCVM. Shanon suggests that the last of the three options is the only option: "the representational account is not— nor can it ever be— complete" (101). He does not consider the other two options. As Thagard documents well, cognitive scientists have been supplementing RCVM to deal with the various challenges, and so Shanon's focus might have been why he thinks these attempts have failed.
In Part II, Shanon presents a non-representational account of the mind. The locus of his account is action in the world (261). The representational account of the mind suggests that mental activity is computational processing that operates on semantic representations. Shanon suggests that the non-representational account of the mind can be summarized with the claim that "human behavior is rooted in action which is realized in a medium constituted in a context traced in the space of a time-world" (282). Shanon's account provides an alternative to the explanatory dualism and the formalistic purism of RCVM. The alternative is to replace the ability to refer by symbols with the ability to act in the world and the ability to manipulate symbols with "the ability to crystallize cognitive activity into manifest expressions" (291). As Shanon suggests in the earliest pages, "representational structures, if and when they exist, are the products of cognitive activity, not the basis for it" (18). The creation of representations arise out of what Shanon calls "crystallization"; however, the reader gets the following account of crystallization: "When rice is boiled and the water evaporates, ordered hexagonal holes are formed in the rice mass. Usually, the holes are identical in size and shape and their distribution across a surface is even. The rice is the substrate and the holes are the generated expressions [the crystallizations]: the rice is necessary for the holes to form, the holes can be generated only out of the rice, yet the rice is not an underlying structure" (284).
In the 2008 postscript, Shanon does make some references to his recent allies in the anti-representational battle and highlights some of the benefits of RP: "the value of my book is not merely in the arguments it puts forth, but also in their composition, in an aesthetic musical-like sense" (367). However, there is no substantive compare and contrast with the contemporary trends in the philosophy of mind: the extended mind hypothesis (Chalmers and Clark (1998)), the arguments for externalism (Putnam (1975) and Burge (1979)), the embodied phenomenology approach (Varela et al (1991) and Thompson (2007)) and the enactivist approach (Noe and O'Regan (2001); Noe (2006); Noe (2009)). The postscript focuses mostly, however, on extended meditations about the importance of taking a psychoactive potion Ayahuasca for the study of consciousness. Further, Shanon also points out that his cognitive phenomenology does not consider the brain; according to Shanon, "the substrate of cognition are neither representational structures nor the brain but rather the interface between cognitive agent and the world as spanned by the set of non-purely cognitive factors" (382). It seems puzzling however how Shanon could think that taking psychoactive drugs– which presumably affect the brain– could help us to understand consciousness– which according to Shanon is not realized in the brain.
Shanon's RP does offer a critique of the representational/computational view of mind (RCVM) that has ruled cognitive psychology. However, Shanon's presentation could have been more careful in his use of philosophical arguments, psychological observations and neuroscientific data.
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© 2010 James M. Dow
James M. Dow is in the Philosophy PhD program at City University of New York, Graduate Center.
Benny Shanon (Department of Psychology, Hebrew University) sent the following response on January 14, 2010. Published January 31, 2010.
Here are a few comments in response to a review of the second, expanded edition of my book "The Representational and the Presentational" (Imprint Academic, 2008) that now appears in Metapsychology:
1. Overall, I would like to note that the reviewer focuses, in quite some detail, on the first, critical, part of my book by devotes only one scanty paragraph to the second, constructive, part. In this second part I consider alternatives to representationalism, draw a new picture of mind and propose a novel conception of psychological theory and psychological explanation. This reconceptualization of the cognitive endeavor is further expanded and developed in the new chapter (the Postscript) of the second edition of my book. Regrettably, the reviewer does not address the substance of new picture of mind I offer nor my proposal for a novel conceptualization of psychological science.
2. The reviewer writes: "The upshot is that cognitive scientists beholden to the sense of cognition that implies information should focus on the sense of cognition that implies intentionality. There are too many cognitive scientists to mention that are currently doing so." But No! The upshot of my alternative view of cognition is the centrality of intensional (with an "S") analysis, not intentionality (with "T"), as the reviewer wrongly remarks. The former has indeed been at the focus of much discussion in recent years, mostly in conjunction with consciousness - not so the former which had to be to a post-Heideggerian notion of intrinsic meaningfulness. I discuss this at length in Chapter 20 of the book and further in the Postscript. The distinction between the two technical terms at hand is explicitly made clear and explained in the Postscript.
3. The reviewer states: "The postscript focuses mostly on extended meditations about the importance of taking a psychoactive potion Ayahuasca for the study of consciousness." No true! Admittedly, Ayahuasca is discussed in conjunction with the study of consciousness but the great part of this new chapter deals with a host of other topics, all of major cognitive significance: The nature of psychological theory and psychological science, the relationship between mind and brain, a response to the current biologization of cognitive science in general and the study of human consciousness in particular and the consideration of alternatives to this trend, the outline of new avenues for psychological phenomenological research, as well as some consideration of epistemological and metaphysical issues; a rather detailed discussion of the 19th century scholar, Franz Brentano is included as well. In sum, the reviewer's characterization of the Postscript is not accurate at all - indeed, it seems to me both misguided and misleading.
4. Further with respect to the reviewer's statement cited above: In no place (neither in the Postscript nor in my extensive writings on Ayahuasca) do I say that whoever wishes to study consciousness should partake this psychoactive potion. Clearly not. Rather, what I claim is that the study of the psychological effects of Ayahuasca (along with other psychotropic agents) can contribute in very interesting and important ways to our understanding of mind and consciousness. The very same claim has been made by William James in a classical passage in his "The Varieties of Religious Experience" following his personal experiences with NO, the laughter gaz.
5. The reviewer writes: "It seems puzzling however how Shanon could think that taking psychoactive drugs– which presumably affect the brain – could help us to understand consciousness – which according to Shanon is not realized in the brain." This statement involves a serious misunderstanding - not just of what I myself say but of the nature of psychological explanation in general. In advocating what I call a genuinely psychological cognitive science, and in countering the current biologization of the field, I am not at all denying that the mind is naturally realized by the brain. To do so would, of course, be ludicrous. Obviously, not only psychedelic experiences, but all states of consciousness along with cognition in general could not come to be without the workings of the brain. The upshot of my call is that this factual state of affairs notwithstanding, psychological theories need not be biological. This very basic insight was pointed out by one of the major champions of representationalism, and the main contemporary philosopher of psychology, Jerry Fodor at the beginning of his "The Language of Thought", where he draws the fundamental and crucial distinction between two types of reductionism - material and explanatory. From a material point of view psychology is reduced to biology, but this need not imply that psychological theories should be reduced to biological ones. Significantly, this assessment was fundamental in the very birth of the modern cognitive paradigm about 40 years ago.
6. The reviewer unfairly ridiculizes my term "crystallization" and claims that I fail to define it. But I surely do. Within my alterantive view of cognition and mind, this is the mark of concrete articulation, one having both specific meaning and specific form. The concreteness of cognition is a key constituent in the picture of mind proposed in my book. The example of the boiling rice that the reviewer cites was presented by way of metaphorical illustration, not a definition as such.
7. The reviewer criticizes me for not referring to various works. All the pertinent items he mentions appeared after the publication of my book. An exception is "The Embodied Mind" by Varela, Thompson and Rosch (1991) which has reached me when the manuscript for my book (published in 1993) was already being processed by the publishing house. In the new Postscript I consider with this work, as well as various other criticisms of representationalism raised after the appearance of my book. The reviewer also finds fault with me for not discussing similarities and differences between my earlier work and those various later works. As a whole, my writing involves original philosophical and psychological work - it is not meant to be a comparative review of the literature, unless specific issues are at stake. If anything, I would revert the criticism to those later authors who have not cited my own earlier (and in various respects pioneering) critique of orthodox cognitivism.
8. Mentioning other discussions of representationalism in the literature, let me reiterate that the perspectives usually taken, on the one hand, by philosophers and, on the other hand, by psychologists and other contemporary cognitive scientists, are fundamentally different. This is pointed out and explained at the outset of my book, where it is labeled as the distinction between horizontal and vertical senses of representation. It seems to me that the present review is grounded in a philosophical interest, whereas my own primary concern is psychological.