Computational Logic and Human Thinking: How to be Artificially Intelligent

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Overview

The practical benefits of computational logic need not be limited to mathematics and computing. As this book shows, ordinary people in their everyday lives can profit from the recent advances that have been developed for artificial intelligence. The book draws upon related developments in various fields from philosophy to psychology and law. It pays special attention to the integration of logic with decision theory, and the use of logic to improve the clarity and coherence of communication in natural languages such as English. This book is essential reading for teachers and researchers who may be out of touch with the latest developments in computational logic. It will also be useful in any undergraduate course that teaches practical thinking, problem solving or communication skills. Its informal presentation makes the book accessible to readers from any background, but optional, more formal, chapters are also included for those who are more technically oriented.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Computational Logic and Human Thinking is a superb introduction both to AI from within a computational logic framework and to its application to human rationality and reasoning. Nothing else comes close. Kowalski writes with philosophical insight and just the right level of technical expertise. He puts the excitement back in AI. This sets Computational Logic and Human Thinking apart from the technically overwhelming, and all too often largely unintuitive and uninspiring, encyclopedic introductions that currently dominate the field.
Thomas A. Blackson, Arizona State University

"Artificial Intelligence (or AI) tries to program computers so that they can think intelligently like humans. In this book, one of the pioneers of AI suggests something new and original, namely to use the results of AI to improve human thinking … Anyone who wants to reason better and more effectively in everyday life should study Robert Kowalski’s book."
Donald Gillies, University College London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521123365
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 1,103,547
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Kowalski is Emeritus Professor and Research Investigator in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Summary; Introduction; 1. Logic on the underground; 1a. The syntax of logical form; 2. The psychology of logic; 3. The fox and the crow; 3a. Truth and proof; 4. Negation as failure; 4a. The semantics of intended interpretations; 5. How to become a British citizen; 6. The louse and the Mars explorer; 7. Maintenance goals as the driving force of life; 8. The meaning of life; 9. Levels of consciousness; 10. Abduction; 11. The prisoner's dilemma; 12. Motivations matter; 12a. The logic of abductive logic programming; 13. Biconditionals; 14. Computational logic and the selection task; 15. The changing world; 16. Logic and objects; 17. Meta-logic for self-improvement; Conclusions; References; Index.

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