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Interpretation: A) Making statements about other statements, whereby new vocabulary may be introduced. If no new vocabulary is introduced, new information can be obtained by changing the syntactic grouping.
B) In logic, interpretation is the insertion of values (objects) instead of the constants or free variables.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Chris Frith on Interpretation - Dictionary of Arguments

I 64
Interpretation/argument/Frith: the fact that the evidence is ambiguous does not mean that there is no correct interpretation.
, >Unambiguity, >Correctness, >Interpretation.

When our brain conceals the ambiguity, it presents only one interpretation.
I 194
Movement/interpretation/objective/intention/Frith: in movements, the internal models are the goals of the action.
Problem: movements are ambiguous, e.g. I can go to the bakery next door or to Patagonia.
I 195
Movement/interpretation: e.g. the person opposite me should repeat everything I do. I raise my left hand, the other person raises the right. Is this a mistake?
E.g. I take my right hand and touch my left ear, the other person takes the left and touches his/her left ear. Is this a mistake?
N.B.: now to the correct test: in the middle of the table is a big red button. I lean forward and touch it with my forehead. What the other person is doing depends on my hands: if I have chained hands, but the other person does not, he/she will use his/her hands, when I have free hands, the other person will use his/her head.
I 197
Movement/imitation/interpretation/Frith: for example, a subject should move the arms rhythmically up and down while they are watching another person, moving the arms rhythmically sideways.
This shows that we unconsciously tend to imitate others.
N.B.: when the person moving sideways was replaced by a robot, the unconscious imitation did not happen.
I 198
Movement/action/brain/interpretation/Frith: thesis: in the robot the brain registers only movements, but no actions.
>Actions, >Intentionality.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Frith I
Chris Frith
Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World, Hoboken/NJ 2007
German Edition:
Wie unser Gehirn die Welt erschafft Heidelberg 2013

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