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Levels, philosophy: The level is an expression for the different degrees of the permissibility of operations in a subject area. See also order, degree/gradual, 2nd order logic, description levels.

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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Marvin Minsky on Levels (Order) - Dictionary of Arguments

I 86
Levels/goals/tools/K-lines/Minsky: we learn by attaching agents to K-lines, but we don't attach them all with equal firmness. Instead, we make strong connections at a certain level of detail, but we make weaker connections at higher and lower levels. >K-Line/Minsky (>Memory/Minsky).
I 87
Memory/levels: [levels, rsp. level-bands] provide a way for a memory to encompass some range or level of detail of descriptions (…).The problems we have to solve change with time, so we must adapt our old memories to our present goals.
I 88
Fringes/Minsky: It's hard to recognize a thing when you're presented with too much detail.
Solution: levels of detail:
Lower Band: Beyond a certain level of detail, increasingly complete memories of previous situations are increasingly difficult to match to new situations.
Upper Band: Memories that arouse agents at too high a level would tend to provide us with goals that are not appropriate to the present situation.
Hierarchies of memory: this hierarchical type of memory (…) will be based more on stereotypes and default assumptions than on actual perceptions. Specifically, you will tend to remember only what you recognized at the time. So something is lost — but there's a gain in exchange.
Memory-tree/Minsky: These K-line memory-trees lose certain kinds of details, but they retain more traces of the origins of our ideas.

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 [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Minsky I
Marvin Minsky
The Society of Mind New York 1985

Minsky II
Marvin Minsky
Semantic Information Processing Cambridge, MA 2003

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