I’ve almost finished Hawkin’s book On Intelligence. I find the whole story fascinating. I sounds indeed simple and I do think simple should be the way.
However, so far, I’ve not found the answer to one of my interrogations. I get how the CLA strengthen the connections based on patterns to fit perceptions and be able to predict with accuracy the “state” of the world. However, what motivates it ? What makes me want to follow a path rather than another, not put my hand on a hot surface, catch the ball when it’s coming at me ? It is all thank to/because of that old reptilian brain that implements basics instincts and behaviours (looking for food, avoiding pain…). If so, does it mean that deep down, we’re only moved by pure instincts ?