TOWARDS CONSCIOUSNESS: ONTOLOGY, LANGUAGE, AND INTELLIGENCE
In: Advances in Research of Human Consciousness.
Windsor, Canada: International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, 39-43, 1994.
Ross A. Gagliano
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3083
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A linguistic approach based on the work of Gough is described that strengthens the bridge between our understanding of intelligence and that of consciousness. Based on Gough's notion of a primal language, the approach shows how the first levels of perception, and perhaps much of what we have come to know as intelligence, are rooted strongly in language. The approach led to the Indexical Symbol Object Language (ISOL) which mirrors how humans, independent of a particular natural language, "parse their world." As a result, perceptions become a direct consequence of this idealized coherent interanimated indexical network which can then serve as a means to gauge the ontological dimension of consciousness.