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Overview

The book review column in Artificial Intelligence has evolved from simple reviews to a forum where reviewers and authors debate in essays, even tutorial presentations, the latest, often competing, theories of human and artificial intelligence. Contemplating Minds brings together a selection of these reviews in a form suitable for the general scientific reader, seminar organizer,
or student wanting a critical introduction that synthesizes and compares some of the most important and influential books and ideas to have emerged in AI over the past decade.Contemplating Minds is divided into four parts, each with a brief introduction, that address the major themes in artificial intelligence, human intelligence, and cognitive science research: Symbolic Models of Mind, Situated
Action, Architectures of Interaction, and Memory and Consciousness.The books being debated include those by such influential authors as Allen Newell (Unified Theories of Cognition), Terry Winograd and F. Flores (Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design), Herbert Simon
(The Sciences of the Artificial, second edition), Lucy Suchman (Plans and Situated Actions: The
Problem of Human-Machine Communication), Marvin Minsky (The Society of Mind), Gerald Edelman (Neural
Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection, The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of
Consciousness, Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind), and Daniel Dennett
(Consciousness Explained). The list of reviewers is equally distinguished.

The MIT Press

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The book review column in Artificial Intelligence has evolved from simple reviews into a forum where reviewers and authors debate the latest, often competing, theories of human and artificial intelligence. This volume brings together a selection of these reviews for general scientific readers, seminar organizers, or students who want a critical introduction that synthesizes and compares some of the most important and influential books and ideas to have emerged in AI over the past decade. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262531191
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/1994
  • Series: Artificial Intelligence Series
  • Pages: 562
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Clancey is Chief Scientist of Human-Centered Computing in the Intelligent Systems
Division at NASA Ames Research Center, and Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for
Human and Machine Cognition.

Mark Stefik in an inventor and Research Fellow at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he directs the Information Sciences and Technologies Laboratory.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
I Symbolic Models of Mind 1
Computation and Cognition: Toward a Foundation for Cognitive Science
Unified Theories of Cognition
II Situated Action 167
Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design
Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication
The Sciences of the Artificial, Second Edition
The Psychology of Everyday Things
Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things
III Architectures of Interaction 253
The Society of Mind
The Ecology of Computation
Emergent Computation: Self-Organizing, Collective, and Cooperative Phenomena in Natural and Artificial Computing Networks
Connections and Symbols
IV Memory and Consciousness 379
The Invention of Memory: A New View of the Brain
Neural Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection
The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness
The Strange, Familiar, and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness
Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind
Consciousness Explained
The Evolution of Consciousness: Of Darwin, Freud, and Cranial Fire: The Origins of the Way We Think
Metaphysics of Consciousness 515
Contributors 525
Index 531
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