Mindware An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science

ISBN-10: 0195138570

ISBN-13: 9780195138573

Edition: 2001

Authors: Andy Clark
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Description: Mindware is an introductory text with a difference. In eight short chapters it tells a story and invites the reader to join in some up-to-the-minute conceptual discussion of the key issues, problems, and opportunities in cognitive science. The story is about the search for a cognitive scientific understanding of mind. It is presented as a no-holds-barred journey from early work in Artificial Intelligence, through connectionist (artificial neural network) counter-visions, and onto neuroscience artificial life, dynamics and robotics. The journey ends with some wide-ranging and provacative speculation about the role of technology and the changing nature of the human mind itself. Each chapter is organized as an initial sketch of a research program or theme, followed by a substantial discussion section in which specific problems and issues (both familiear and cutting-edge) are raised and pursued. Discussion topics include mental causation, the hardware/software distinction, the relations between life and mind, the nature of perception, cognition and action, and the continuity (or otherwise) of high-level human intelligence with other forms of adaptive response. Classic topics are treated alongside the newer ones in an integrated treatment of the various discussions. The sketches and discussions are accompanied by numerous figures and boxed sections, and followed by suggestions for futher reading.

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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Andy Clark is Doctor of Philosophy at the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex.

Preface: About Mindware
Acknowledgments
Resources
Introduction: (Not) Like a Rock
Meat Machines: Mindware as Software
Symbol Systems
Patterns, Contents, and Causes
Connectionism
Perception, Action, and the Brain
Robots and Artificial Life
Dynamics
Cognitive Technology: Beyond the Naked Brain
(Not Really a) Conclusion
Some Backdrop: Dualism, Behaviorism, Functionalism, and Beyond
Consciousness and the Meta-Hard Problem
References
Index
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