The Mechanical Mind

The Mechanical Mind

Author: Professor of Philosophy Tim Crane

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415290309

Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

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A fascinating exploration of the theories and arguments surrounding the notions of thought and representation. Now in its 2nd edition, Cranes's classic text has introduced thousands to some of the most important ideas in philosophy of mind.

The Mechanical Mind

The Mechanical Mind

Author: Tim Crane

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317331780

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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How can the human mind represent the external world? What is thought, and can it be studied scientifically? Should we think of the mind as a kind of machine? Is the mind a computer? Can a computer think? Tim Crane sets out to answer these questions and more in a lively and straightforward way, presuming no prior knowledge of philosophy or related disciplines. Since its first publication, The Mechanical Mind has introduced thousands of people to some of the most important ideas in contemporary philosophy of mind. Crane explains the fundamental ideas that cut across philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence and cognitive science: what the mind–body problem is; what a computer is and how it works; what thoughts are and how computers and minds might have them. He examines different theories of the mind from dualist to eliminativist, and questions whether there can be thought without language and whether the mind is subject to the same causal laws as natural phenomena. The result is a fascinating exploration of the theories and arguments surrounding the notions of thought and representation. This third edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes a wholly new chapter on externalism about mental content and the extended and embodied mind. There is a stronger emphasis on the environmental and bodily context in which thought occurs. Many chapters have been reorganised to make the reader’s passage through the book easier. The book now contains a much more detailed guide to further reading, and the chronology and the glossary of technical terms have also been updated. The Mechanical Mind is accessible to anyone interested in the mechanisms of our minds, and essential reading for those studying philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, or cognitive psychology.

The Mechanical Mind in History

The Mechanical Mind in History

Author: Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Co-Director of the Sussex Centre for Comp Phil Husbands

Publisher: Bradford Books

ISBN: UOM:39015073672878

Category: Computers

Page: 458

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The idea of intelligent machines has become part of popular culture. But tracing thehistory of the actual science of machine intelligence reveals a rich network of cross-disciplinarycontributions--the unrecognized origins of ideas now central to artificial intelligence, artificiallife, cognitive science, and neuroscience. In The Mechanization of Mind in History, scientists,artists, historians, and philosophers discuss the multidisciplinary quest to formalize andunderstand the generation of intelligent behavior in natural and artificial systems as a whollymechanical process. The contributions illustrate the diverse and interacting notions that chart theevolution of the idea of the mechanical mind. They describe the mechanized mind as, among otherthings, an analogue system, an organized suite of chemical interactions, a self-organizingelectromechanical device, an automated general-purpose information processor, and an integratedcollection of symbol manipulating mechanisms. They investigate the views of pivotal figures thatrange from Descartes and Heidegger to Alan Turing and Charles Babbage, and they emphasize suchfrequently overlooked areas as British cybernetic and pre-cybernetic thinkers. The volume concludeswith the personal insights of five highly influential figures in the field: John Maynard Smith, JohnHolland, Oliver Selfridge, Horace Barlow, and Jack Cowan.Philip Husbands is Professor of ComputerScience and Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex andCodirector of the Sussex Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics. Owen Holland isProfessor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Essex. Michael Wheeler isReader in Philosophy at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Reconstructing the CognitiveWorld: The Next Step (MIT Press, 2005).ContributorsPeter Asaro, Horace Barlow, Andy Beckett,Margaret Boden, Jon Bird, Paul Brown, Seth Bullock, Roberto Cordeschi, Jack Cowan, Ezequiel DiPaolo, Hubert Dreyfus, Andrew Hodges, Owen Holland, Jana Horáková, Philip Husbands, Jozef Kelemen,John Maynard Smith, Donald Michie, Oliver Selfridge, Michael Wheeler

Metaphysics of Consciousness

Metaphysics of Consciousness

Author: Ramesh Chandra Pradhan

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811580642

Category: Philosophy

Page: 214

View: 871

This book explores the transition from the mind to the Supermind within the scope of an evolutionary metaphysics. The idea of Supermind has not been discussed so far in the mainstream philosophy of mind and consciousness. This book will give a new approach to the study of consciousness from the Indian vedantic perspective which has introduced the idea of Supermind, especially in the works of Sri Aurobindo. The book also undertakes a sustained critique of the contemporary theories of mind which have promoted mostly a mechanistic and naturalistic theory of mind and consciousness. The book is meant for the researchers who are engaged in the study of consciousness and for those who are interested in the philosophy of mind in general. This book will serve the purpose of the much-needed counter perspective to the contemporary theories of mind working broadly within the materialist traditions.

The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin

The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin

Author: Elinor Teele

Publisher: Walden Pond Press

ISBN: 0062345109

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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Roald Dahl meets The Penderwicks in this quirky, humorous, whimsical, and heartwarming middle grade debut about two siblings who run away from home to escape working in the family coffin business. John Coggin is no ordinary boy. He is devising an invention that nobody has ever seen before, something that just might change the world, or at least make life a little bit better for him and his litter sister, Page. But that’s only when he can sneak a break from his loathsome job—building coffins for the family business under the beady gaze of his cruel Great-Aunt Beauregard. When Great-Aunt Beauregard informs John that she’s going to make him a permanent partner in Coggin Family Coffins—and train Page to be an undertaker—John and Page hit the road. Before long, they’ve fallen in with a host of colorful characters, all of whom, like John and Page, are in search of a place they can call home. But home isn’t something you find so much as something you fight for, and John soon realizes that he and Page are in for the fight of their lives.