Having described the general properties of the IEML semantic sphere in Chapter 9 and the linguistic properties of IEML in Chapter 10, I will now describe the IEML semantic machine, which automatically constructs the mega-network of the semantic sphere and translates its nodes and links into natural languages. As shown in Figure 11.1, the semantic machine is the fundamental core of the IEML model of the mind. In order to clearly understand its role, it will be useful to review the different types of functions involved in modeling symbolic cognition.
11.1.1. Arithmetic and logical functions
According to the working hypothesis of the cognitive sciences, which I have fully made my own, it must be possible to model cognitive functions as arithmetic and logical functions. I will not insult readers by reminding them what arithmetic operations are. I will simply summarize the main operations of logical functions:
– Logical functions make it possible to manipulate sets of elements using union, intersection and symmetric difference operations. It is these set operations executed by logical automata that make it possible to automatically deduce, for example, that if all the elements of A possess property P and X is an element of A, therefore X possesses the property P.
– Logical functions also make it possible to correctly transfer truth between propositions. For example, if proposition X is ...