The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science

The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science

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by Gary F. Marcus
     
 

In The Algebraic Mind, Gary Marcus attempts to integrate two theories about how the mind works, one that says that the mind is a computer-like manipulator of symbols, and another that says that the mind is a large network of neurons working together in parallel. Resisting the conventional wisdom that says that if the mind is a large neural network it cannot

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In The Algebraic Mind, Gary Marcus attempts to integrate two theories about how the mind works, one that says that the mind is a computer-like manipulator of symbols, and another that says that the mind is a large network of neurons working together in parallel. Resisting the conventional wisdom that says that if the mind is a large neural network it cannot simultaneously be a manipulator of symbols, Marcus outlines a variety of ways in which neural systems could be organized so as to manipulate symbols, and he shows why such systems are more likely to provide an adequate substrate for language and cognition than neural systems that are inconsistent with the manipulation of symbols. Concluding with a discussion of how a neurally realized system of symbol-manipulation could have evolved and how such a system could unfold developmentally within the womb, Marcus helps to set the future agenda of cognitive neuroscience.

The MIT Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262632683
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Learning, Development, and Conceptual Change
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1Cognitive Architecture1
Ch. 2Multilayer Perceptrons7
Ch. 3Relations between Variables35
Ch. 4Structural Representations85
Ch. 5Individuals119
Ch. 6Where Does the Machinery of Symbol Manipulation Come From?143
Ch. 7Conclusions169
Notes175
Glossary185
References195
Name Index211
Subject Index217

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