Mind and Mechanism

ISBN-10: 026213392X
ISBN-13: 9780262133920
Edition: 2001
List price: $9.75
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Description: In Mind and Mechanism, Drew McDermott takes a computational approach to the mind-body problem (how it is that a purely physical entity, the brain, can have experiences). He begins by demonstrating the falseness of dualist approaches, which separate  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.75
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/12/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

In Mind and Mechanism, Drew McDermott takes a computational approach to the mind-body problem (how it is that a purely physical entity, the brain, can have experiences). He begins by demonstrating the falseness of dualist approaches, which separate the physical and mental realms. He then surveys what has been accomplished in artificial intelligence, clearly differentiating what we know how to build from what we can imagine building. McDermott then details a computational theory of consciousness--claiming that the mind can be modeled entirely in terms of computation--and deals with various possible objections. He also discusses cultural consequences of the theory, including its impact on religion and ethics.

Drew V. McDermott is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Yale University.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Problem of Phenomenal Consciousness
Artificial Intelligence
A Computational Theory of Consciousness
Objections and Replies
Symbols and Semantics
Consequences
Notes
References
Index

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