Are We Unique: A Scientist Explores the Unparalleled Intelligence of the Human Mind / Edition 1

Are We Unique: A Scientist Explores the Unparalleled Intelligence of the Human Mind / Edition 1

by James Trefil, Trefill
     
 

Acclaim for Are We Unique?

"In his masterful book, Trefil shares with readers some of the most recent research in neurology, evolution, primate research, computer science, and philosophy. Trefil's prose is lively and engaging." —Boston Globe

"Trefil's race through the science that could explain the brain is highly readable." —Sunday Times of

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Acclaim for Are We Unique?

"In his masterful book, Trefil shares with readers some of the most recent research in neurology, evolution, primate research, computer science, and philosophy. Trefil's prose is lively and engaging." —Boston Globe

"Trefil's race through the science that could explain the brain is highly readable." —Sunday Times of London

"In a provocative essay, Trefil argues that the science of artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly. Machines, he theorizes, will one day develop a new kind of intelligence and self-awareness. So, maybe the real question is: Are we ready?" —San Diego Union-Tribune

"A highly readable and engaging treatment of a fascinating question. Trefil makes a case for human uniqueness while at the same time celebrating the achievements of creations ranging from lobsters to neural nets. A provocative and enjoyable book." —Daniel L. Schacter Professor and Chair of Psychology, Harvard University author of Searching for Memory

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471249467
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/18/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Table of Contents

Is There Anything Left For Us?

Humans and Animals: The Same but Different.

Of Fleeing Anemones and Smart Lobsters.

Can Animals Talk?

The Brain.

Of Tamping Rods and Grandmother Cells: How the Brain Works.

How Did We Get to Be So Smart?: The Evolution of Intelligence.

Moving Wheels and Moving Electrons: How a Computer Works.

Artificial Intelligence, Learning Machines, and Chinese Rooms.

Why the Brain Is Not a Computer.

Can the Brain Do Something a Computer Can't?: Godel and Penrose.

The Problem of Consciousness.

Consciousness and Complexity.

Is There Anything Left for Us?

Bibliography.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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