The Dawning of Computational Psychoanalysis: A Proposal for Some First Elementary Formalization Attempts

The Dawning of Computational Psychoanalysis: A Proposal for Some First Elementary Formalization Attempts

Giuseppe Iurato (Department of Physics, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/ijcini.2014100104
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Abstract

In this paper, the author wishes first to highlight, within the general cultural context, some possible elementary computational psychoanalysis formalizations concerning Matte Blanco's bi-logic components through certain very elementary mathematical tools and notions drawn from theoretical physics and algebra. Afterwards, on the basis of recent work of Giampaolo Sasso (1999; 2005; 2011), relying on the crucial crossroad between neurosciences and psychoanalysis, it will be possible to identify some hints for further formalization attempts turned toward a computational psychoanalysis outlook. Lastly, possible interesting relationships with cognitive informatics are also outlined.
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1. Introduction

Ignacio Matte Blanco (1908-1995) was an outstanding psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who gave, among other things, notable contributions to the epistemological status of psychoanalysis starting from the Freudian theoretical framework. At the basis of his rigorous formulation of psychoanalytic foundations based on bi-logic, he put two main principles, namely the generalization principle and the symmetry principle. We refer to (Matte Blanco, 1975) for any further deepening of his thought. One of the central points of Matte Blanco thought is then the crucial transition from symmetric to asymmetric thinking. In this article, we want to make some formal remarks on the symmetry-asymmetry duality of Matte Blanco bi-logic, within the context of theoretical computational psychoanalysis. We think that Matte Blanco bi-logic is the most suitable one to be used for trying to employ a creative dimension from a computational standpoint, if one considers the unconscious as the main source of insight. Indeed, the basic inseparability between the symmetric logic and the asymmetric logic within the bi-logic context, might turn out to be useful just to this end. In this brief article, in particular, we would like to put into evidence some elementary formalizations which are offered as possible formal tools that may shed light upon the above mentioned link between symmetric and asymmetric logic. This is the chief point upon which we want to focus in the present paper. Within the general cultural context, we shall try to clarify Matte Blanco’s intertwining of symmetric and asymmetric logic by means of certain very elementary mathematical tools and notions drawn from theoretical physics and algebra.

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