Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds

Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds

by Daniel C. Dennett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262540908

ISBN-13: 9780262540902

Pub. Date: 02/06/1998

Publisher: MIT Press

Minds are complex artifacts, partly biological and partly social; only a unified, multidisciplinary approach will yield a realistic theory of how they came into existence and how they work. One of the foremost workers in this multidisciplinary field is Daniel Dennett. This book brings together his essays on the philosphy of mind, artificial intelligence, and

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Minds are complex artifacts, partly biological and partly social; only a unified, multidisciplinary approach will yield a realistic theory of how they came into existence and how they work. One of the foremost workers in this multidisciplinary field is Daniel Dennett. This book brings together his essays on the philosphy of mind, artificial intelligence, and cognitive ethology that appeared in inaccessible journals from 1984 to 1996. Highlights include "Can Machines Think?," "The Unimagined Preposterousness of Zombies," "Artificial Life as Philosophy," and "Animal Consciousness: What Matters and Why." Collected in a single volume, the essays are now available to a wider audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262540902
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/06/1998
Series:
Representation and Mind series
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1Can Machines Think?3
2Speaking for Our Selves31
3Do-It-Yourself Understanding59
4Two Contrasts: Folk Craft versus Folk Science, and Belief versus Opinion81
5Real Patterns95
6Julian Jaynes's Software Archeology121
7Real Consciousness131
8Instead of Qualia141
9The Practical Requirements for Making a Conscious Robot153
10The Unimagined Preposterousness of Zombies: Commentary on Moody, Flanagan, and Polger171
11Cognitive Wheels: The Frame Problem of AI181
12Producing Future by Telling Stories207
13The Logical Geography of Computational Approaches: A View from the East Pole215
14Hofstadter's Quest: A Tale of Cognitive Pursuit235
15Foreword to Robert French, The Subtlety of Sameness243
16Cognitive Science as Reverse Engineering: Several Meanings of "Top-Down" and "Bottom-Up"249
17Artificial Life as Philosophy261
18When Philosophers Encounter Artificial Intelligence265
19Review of Allen Newell, Unified Theories of Cognition277
20Out of the Armchair and into the Field289
21Cognitive Ethology: Hunting for Bargains or a Wild Goose Chase307
22Do Animals Have Beliefs?323
23Why Creative Intelligence Is Hard to Find: Commentary on Whiten and Byrne333
24Animal Consciousness: What Matters and Why337
25Self-Portrait355
26Information, Technology, and the Virtues of Ignorance367
Bibliography385
Index401

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