Connectionist networks can think without following rules
Like humans, connectionist networks exhibit fluid, intelligent behaviour without following rigid, explicit rules. In general, they are trained to exhibit intelligent behaviour rather than being programmed with rules.
Notes: Also see the"Do humans use rules as physical symbol systems do?" arguments on Map 3.

Terence Horgan and John Tiensen (1991) provide a full characterisation of classical and connectionist notions of rule following.

Fred Adams, Kenneth Aizawa, & Gary Fuller (1992) provide a detailed treatment of the relation between different kinds of rules, arguing that the differences between them should not be overstated.
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Can computers think? [1] »Can computers think? [1]
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Connectionist networks can think without following rules
Regularity without rules  »Regularity without rules
Representations without rules »Representations without rules
The Past-Tense Acquisition Model »The Past-Tense Acquisition Model
Explicit rules are necessary in plastic domains »Explicit rules are necessary in plastic domains
The Rule-Following Assumption »The Rule-Following Assumption
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