Having introduced briefly some broad divisions in the content of mental representations, we shall now turn to a consideration of the nature or format of those representations. In the resume of Chapters 2, 3 and 4 above we indicated a number of important points that bear on the format of mental representations, including conscious vs unconscious systems; connectionist vs symbolic architecture; and multiple levels of meaning (see Table 5.2). In this section we look at the ways in which these different concepts relate to each other and to other concepts in mental representation theory; for example, the analogical vs propositional debate, which is where we begin.
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