Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms / Edition 2

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Overview

How is it possible to think new thoughts? What is creativity and can science explain it? And just how did Coleridge dream up the creatures of The Ancient Mariner?

When The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms was first published, Margaret A. Boden's bold and provocative exploration of creativity broke new ground. Boden uses examples such as jazz improvisation, chess, story writing, physics, and the music of Mozart, together with computing models from the field of artificial intelligence to uncover the nature of human creativity in the arts.

The second edition of The Creative Mind has been updated to include recent developments in artificial intelligence, with a new preface, introduction and conclusion by the author. It is an essential work for anyone interested in the creativity of the human mind.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Margaret A. Boden has been at the forefront of efforts to exorcise Cartesian superstition and establish that the brain is a wonderfully subtle machine.' - George Johnson, New York Times Book Review

'Boden makes a persuasive case that a computational approach will help explain human creative processes ... written in clear and engaging style.' - Ken Gilhooly, The Psychologist

'[Boden] is committed to thoughtfully analysing thought and is one of the world's best commentators on these matters.' - Douglas Hofstadter, Nature

Library Journal
Boden (philosophy and psychology, Univ. of Sussex, England) takes issue with Lady Lovelace's declaration that computers cannot be creative in the same way that humans can. She explores the field of computational psychology, which examines human creativity by analyzing computers that can mimic human creative efforts. According to Boden, understanding how computers process information and yield results resembling human creativity can reveal clues regarding how our own brains process information. This may help us to understand the creative process and increase our creative possibilities. Boden's book will appeal more to adults with a scientific bent, but it is also readable for humanities types interested in the subject.-- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415314534
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret A. Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at Sussex University, where she founded the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences in 1987 (now the Centre for Research in Cognitive Science).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Acknowledgments
In a Nutshell 1
1 The Mystery of Creativity 11
2 The Story so Far 25
3 Thinking the Impossible 40
4 Maps of the Mind 54
5 Concepts of Computation 88
6 Creative Connections 125
7 Unromantic Artists 147
8 Computer-scientists 199
9 Chance, Chaos, Randomness, Unpredictability 233
10 Elite or Everyman? 256
11 Of Humans and Hoverflies 277
12 Epilogue 305
Notes 323
Bibliography 331
Index 339
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