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Minds, Brains, and Computers An Historical Introduction to the Foundations of Cognitive Science

ISBN-10: 1557868778

ISBN-13: 9781557868770

Edition: 2000

Authors: Robert Cummins, Denise D. Cummins, Robert M. Harnish

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This book presents a vital resource -- a comprehensive interdisciplinary selection of seminal papers in the foundations of cognitive science, from leading figures in artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. The collection is organized around three broad conceptions of the mind: the mind as computer program, the mind as a neural network, and the mind as brain. Each category includes papers that articulate the conception in question, papers that illustrate it, papers that interpret or criticize it, and papers that provide necessary technical background. Finally, there is a section of classic papers on four broad questions which have shaped contemporary thinking in cognitive science: What is innate in the mind? Is the mind a seamless whole, or is it made up of independent modules that differ significantly from each other? Are our ordinary mental concepts, such as belief, desire, and intention, a good starting place for a scientific understanding of the mind, or are they artifacts of a pre-scientific conception that should be discarded? How should biology generally, and the evolution of animals in particular, constrain our theories about mental phenomena? Taken together, these papers give a sense of the history of the field as well as its contents by presenting the argumnets, models, data, and experiments that most crucially influence theory and practice in cognitive science.
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Book details

List price: $75.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/3/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 564
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Denise Cummins is Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She joined the faculty in 2005. She has taught and conducted research at Yale University, the University of California, the University of Arizona and the Max Planck Institute for Adaptive Behavior in Berlin. She is the co-editor of Minds, Brains, and Computers: The Foundations of Cognitive Science and The Evolution of Mind and author of The Other Side of Psychology: How Experimental Psychologists Find Out About the Way We Think and Act. Her publications also include dozens of articles in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Cognition and Synthese. She has been an invited speaker at such prestigious institutions as the University of St Andrews (Scotland), Durham University, Emory University and Dartmouth College.

Preface
The Mind as Computer: Introduction
A History of Thinking
Minds and Machines
Semantic Engines: An Introduction to Mind Design
The Language of Thought
Vision
GPS, A Program that Simulates Human Thought
A Procedural Model of Language Understanding
A General Learning Theory and its Application to Schema Abstraction
Minds, Brains, and Programs
Computing, Machinery, and Intelligence
The Mind as Neural Network: Introduction
The Perceptron: A Probabilistic Model for Information Storage and Organization in the Brian
Cognitive Activity in Artificial Neural Networks
Cooperative Computation of Stereo Disparity
On Learning the Past Tenses of English Verbs
Parallel Networks that Learn to Pronounce English Text
Connectionism and the Problem of Systematicity: Why Smolensky's Solution Won't Work
Connectionism and the Language of Thought
Rules and Connections in Human Language
The Mind as Brain: Introduction
The Organization of Behavior
In Search of the Engram
A Logical Calculus of the Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity
Is Consciousness a Brain Process?
The Computational Brain: Appendix
What the Frog's Eye Tells the Frog's Brain
Positron Emission: Tomographic Studies of the Cortical Anatomy of Single-word Processing
Computational Neuroscience
Two Cortical Visual Systems
Special Topics: Introduction
Recent Contributions to the Theory of Innate Ideas
The 'Innateness Hypothesis' and the Explanatory Models in Linguistics
Linguistics and Philosophy
Initial Knowledge: Six Suggestions
Pr?cis of the Modularity of Mind
Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes
The Social Function of Intellect
Origins of Domain Specificity: The Evolution of Functional Organization
Index