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
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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