The Naive Physics Perplex

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The "Naive Physics Manifesto" of Pat Hayes (1978) proposes a large-scale project to develop a formal theory encompassing the entire knowledge of physics of naive reasoners, expressed in a declarative symbolic form. The theory is organized in clusters of closely interconnected concepts and axioms. More recent work on the representation of commonsense physical knowledge has followed a somewhat different methodology. The goal has been to develop a competence theory powerful enough to justify commonsense physical inferences, and the research is organized in micro-worlds, each microworld covering a small range of physical phenomena. In this article, I compare the advantages and disadvantages of the two approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-79
Number of pages29
JournalAI Magazine
Volume19
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1998

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The Naive Physics Perplex. / Davis, Ernest.

In: AI Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 4, 12.1998, p. 51-79.

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Davis, E 1998, 'The Naive Physics Perplex', AI Magazine, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 51-79.
Davis, Ernest. / The Naive Physics Perplex. In: AI Magazine. 1998 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 51-79.
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