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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6,

THE MUCHICAN flATLY WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6,

SCOMPUTERS:
Learning Processes

7

MICHAEL JULIAR

esearchers in cognitive behav-
-the field of learning, relat-
stimulus to response-are try-
to better understand think-
by using electric computers.'
, the Mental Health Research
itute, a computer is program-
and fed data in order to make
imulate as nearly as possible
thinking process that goes on
uuman beings.
hn Gyr of MHRI, who has
i collaborating with Albert
gna, Grad, is the head of one
ect concerned with cognitive
vior. He says that a compar-

,donae sia

Policy Citd
By JUDITH LANE
The problems of Indonesia are
a result of its political, social, and
economic disunity, according to
Robert S. Lindquist of the State
Department.
In a University lecture yester-
day Lindquist related Indonesia's
nationalistic foreign policy to its
history.
Remain Unaligned
Its broad foreign policy is to
remain unaligned so as to receive
economic and military help from
the United States and the Soviet
bloc nations.
The one exception to this gen-
eral foreign policy is Indonesia's
highly vocal views on colonialism.
Because of its recent independ-
ence from Dutch colonialism of
350 years, Indonesia attacks col-
onialism in any form.s
Indonesia has also disputed
Dutch claims to western New Gui-
niea, claiming that the western
half is logically part of Indonesia.
The Dutch want the New Guin-
sans to decide their political fate
by referendum.
Resolutions Defeated
Several recent resolutions be-
fore the United Nations have been
defeated but have not been un-
productive. The resolutions, sup-
ported byAfrican nations and by
India, have brought the two na-
tions closer to concession and
compromise.
President Sukarno, who has
helped change the government
from a disunifying federal sys-
tem to a unitary system, is "typi-
cal of revolutionary leadership, a
magnificent speaker, and a su-
perb politician."
His talents have helped in solv-.
ing some problems, and in pre-
senting a coherent and cohesive
Endonesian foreign policy to the
world, he said.

ison of tests applied to humans
and the output of the computer
can help to clarify the under-
standing of the thinking processes
of the human mind.
An outline for studying this
process is based on three systems
or models. These models are ab-
stract definitions of the way in
which a person can think about a
given setting in his life and come
to some conclusion that gives
meaning to the person's experi-
ences.
First Model
In the first model, no internal
beliefs or feelings on the part of
the individual are present to in-
fluence him, in a particularset-
ting of life. This is true early in
aid individual's life and when
"harsh conditions," such as emo-
tional stress and mental fatigue
work on the person's mind. The
older' the individual, the more the
mind evolves internal beliefs.
But no matter what the ex-
ternal or internal conditions of
the mind may be, a most likely
hypothesis for the meaning of
life in a certain setting is sought.
Gyr explains that the individ-
ual seeks an hypothesis in certain
setting of life because different
hypotheses will be evolved in dif-
ferent settings. Therefore, a per-
son may hold many hypotheses
about life at the same time, but
each one refers to a specific sit-
uation or setting.
The second model is based on
the fact that hypotheses are al-
ready present in the individual and
any response to external stimulus
will either make the conviction
stronger that a particular hypo-
thesis is correct or the reaction
G&S Group
Light Opera
By MICHAEL HARRAH
The Gilbert and Sullivan So-
ciety will open its production of
"HMS Pinafore" for a four-day
stand at 8:30 p.m. tonight in Ly-
dia Mendelssohn Theatre.
, With a 74-member cast, crew
and orchestra, the University's
only touring theatrical group
opens its 15th season in what is
perhaps the most popular of the
G&S light operas.
Detroit Performance
The show will play Lydia Men-
delssohn through Saturday. Then
it will move on to Rackham Aud.
in Detroit for a Dec. 15 perform-
anee. After the first of the year
the company will also play De-
troit's Wayne Memorial High,

Studied:
may tend to weaken the individ-v
ual's belief in the hypothesis.
Likely Hypothesis
But like the first model, a most
likely hypothesis is sought.
The third model states that the
individual seeks ultimate truths; -
all but one hypothesis is rejected
as the correct one to explain a cer-
tain setting of life.
An interesting device is con-
nected to the computer to make it
function more like the human
brain. It causes memory decay
in the computer in a way similar -
to that of the human mind's
gradually forgetting past events
and experiences. Because of this. .,
and other characteristics buit in-F
to the computer, it vacillatesuMk
around the answer to a problem,
or, as in humans, it has trouble
coming to a conclusion or hy- HENRY IV-The University Playe
pothesis about the data that has Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part I,"
been given to it. given at 8 p.m. today in Trueblo
Computer 'Mind' on Trueblood's newly constructed
Gyr also points out other char-
acteristics of the computer that
are similar to the human mind.
Certain hypotheses will be thoughtoUtPldc e uers
of but will be discarded during the 'H ry V
thinking process and many newH0r
hypotheses take their place. Also,
humans and computers tend to O
seek simple solution over more By MALINDA BERRY
complex ones. The University Player's produc-
However, the computer still TonSesPer's"Hry IVf
lacks a functioning similarity to tion of Shakespeare's "Henry IV,
that of the human mind, and to Part I" will be presented at 8s
better understand the thinking p.m. today on a specially con-r
process, new computer programs structed stage of the Truebloodp
are being developed. The computer Aud
never "thinks" in the humanAd
sense, but . it can help the re- "Henry IV, Part I," which will
searcher to better understand how be performed nightly until Satur-
the human mind gives meaning to day, will inaugurate the Player'sI
its experiences, modified Elizabethan stage. It will
be used again in May for the pro-
duction of "Henry IV, Part II."
T o Present Designed by Prof.Ralph Duck-
wall of the speech department,
the new mahogany-panelled stage
9 eincludes a wide platform which
l n /Ole extends out itno the auditorium.
"The platfrom, or apron, will
give the audience a close approx-
S school on Jan 6and Trenton imation of what it was like to view
High School on Jan. 12. a play in Shakespeare's time when
The story concerns one Sir Jo- actors and audiences had more di-
seph Porter KCB, who has risen rect contact than theydo in most
to the exalted post of "ruler of theatres of today," Prof. William
the Queen's navee," through no Halstead, chairman of the speech
fault of his own. He is betrothed department and co-director of the
to young Josephine, daughter of play, explained.
the captain of the HMS Pinafore. "One of the more modern fea-
But Josephine's affections are tures of the stage, a revolving plat-
not for Sir Joseph, but rather for form set in the stage, will allow
a "common sailor aboard the Pin- furniture to be changed quickly
afore," Ralph (pronounced Rafe) in front of the audience without
Rackstraw.
The Captain is very upset when ui DIAL 2-6264
he discovers that his daughter is
not properly impressed with Sir
Joseph, who arrived with all his lm Ilhl
relatives, and he forbids her to
marry a commoner. 0'°ao
Plump Matron THE4
Just when things look hopeless, j' {+ d
however, Buttercup, a pleasingly a0,
plump matron and companion to
the sailors, recalls how she nursed A o®
two young children some time MAICVN * 9
back and got them mixed up. E° *
It seems one child was the Cap- OQ
tamn and the other-Ralph Rack- WONDERFUL *
straw. So in fact Ralph is not a c
commoner and the Captain is - p
somewhat awkward.
And that leaves Sir Joseph to *
return home with all his "sisters BING DANNY*
and his cousins and his aunts."C SA *
ROSEMARY VERA-
- - CLOONEY* ELLEN
Publications UnitCO YL
Interviewing Set

Petitions for the open student
seat on the Board in Control of
Student Publications are due to-
morrow. Interviews for the posi-
tion will be held next Monday, i i
Board Secretary Maurice M. DEAN JAGGER IRING BERULN-Mcu tz
Rinkel announced yesterday.
NOW SHOWING AT
MICHIGAN M-DG-M t
'YEAR'S FUNNIEST!' HOPE a TURNER
' n a TED RICHMOND mOOucno
<;":; : y:<:::- :CINEMASCOPE and MetroCOL.OR
" JANMS PAIGE
} ' JIM HUTTON PAULA PRENTISS
Plus TOM & JERRY in "SWITCHIN' KITTEN"
TYRONE GUTHRIE'S ON THE STAGE
TUSDEC. 12th
"PIRATES OF PENZANCE" SEATS AVAILABLE

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-Daily-Larry Vanice
ers work out the final details of
for their first production to be
od Aud. The play will be given
stage.
Uo Present
N 7ew S ta ge
breaking the dramatic and poetic
flow of Shakespeare's dialogue."
Prof. Claribel Baird of the
speech department, co-director,
noted that the main reason for the
play's popularity was "Shakes-
peare's most outstanding, and
probably fattest, comic character,"
Sir John Falstaff.
That role will be played by Prof.
Halstead.

Commander 126th Fighter Interceptor Wing

BRIG. GEN. HOWARD T. MARKEY

DECEMBER 7

7:30 P.M.

Ikackham lecture Hall
PUBLIC INVITED-NO ADMISSION CHARGE
The Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

(Air National Guard)

Now a prominent Chicago Attorney and Lecturer
speaking on
"ARE WE, AFRAID?"

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RABBI
Speaks

HAROLD D. HAHN, of Temple Beth El, C
for the first time in Ann Arbor, FRIDAY, C
at HILLEL'S SABBATH SERVICES at 7:30
on the HANUKA theme

Detroit
DEC. 8

"HOMAGE TO A TROUBLED WORLD"

All are welcome
Zwerdling-Cohn Chapel

1429 Hill St.

The Third MUG TGIT of the Year

Thursday, December 7,4:15-5:15

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