The Stimulation Process

Cognitive science is the intersection of biology, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, artificial intelligence, and computer science that focuses on the study of mental phenomena and its classifications. The nature of the mind has piqued the interest of scientists and philosophers for centuries, but we struggle to understand it because of inherent limitations of phenomenology (i.e., the inability to accurately and informatively self-report cognitive activity). Hence, studying consciousness is a black box problem because we cannot directly study cognition due to its elusive nature. In particular, one familiar cognitive product is perception, which refers to information that has registered in the mind and intangible qualia that manifest within the subjective experience. Judgment, on the other hand, is the subsequent metacognitive construction that consists of the linguistic report of epistemological concepts as a result of perception. Current vernaculars suggest that perception and judgment are interchangeable, however we should make clear distinctions when studying the mind in scientific contexts to make further refinements in cognitive classifications. All in all, cognitive science in the forms of psychological studies, computer modeling, and epistemological literature will have important implications in understanding artificial intelligence and ourselves.