Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds

Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds

by Daniel C. Dennett
     
 

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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
I Philosophy of Mind
1 Can Machines Think?
Postscript [1985]
Postscript [1997]
2 Speaking for Our Selves
with Nicholas Humphrey
Postscript
3 DoItYourself Understanding
4 Two Contrasts: Folk Craft versus Folk Science, and Belief
versus Opinion
5 Real Patterns
6 Julian Jaynes's Software Archeology
7 Real Consciousness
8 Instead of Qualia
9 The Practical Requirements for Making a Conscious Robot
10 The Unimagined Preposterousness of Zombies: Commentary on
Moody, Flanagan, and Polger
II Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life
11 Cognitive Wheels: The Frame Problem of AI
12 Producing Future by Telling Stories
13 The Logical Geography of Computational Approaches: A View
from the East Pole
14 Hofstadter's Quest: A Tale of Cognitive Pursuit
15 Foreword to Robert French, The Subtlety of Sameness
16 Cognitive Science as Reverse Engineering: Several Meanings
of "TopDown" and "BottomUp"
17 Artificial Life as Philosophy
18 When Philosophers Encounter Artificial Intelligence
19 Review of Allen Newell, Unified Theories of Cognition
III Ethology, Animal Mind
20 Out of the Armchair and into the Field
21 Cognitive Ethology: Hunting for Bargins or a Wild Goose
Chase
22 Do Animals Have Beliefs?
23 Why Creative Intelligence Is Hard to Find: Commentary on
Whiten and Byrne
24 Animal Consciousness: What Matters and Why
IV Standing Back
25 SelfPortrait
26 Information, Technology, and the Virtues of Ignorance
Bibliography
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