Extending Mechanics to Minds: The Mechanical Foundations of Psychology and Economics

Extending Mechanics to Minds: The Mechanical Foundations of Psychology and Economics

by Jon Doyle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521861977

ISBN-13: 9780521861977

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book deploys the mathematical axioms of modern rational mechanics to understand minds as mechanical systems that exhibit actual, not metaphorical, forces, inertia, and motion. Using precise mental models developed in artificial intelligence the author analyzes motivation, attention, reasoning, learning, and communication in mechanical terms. These analyses…  See more details below

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This book deploys the mathematical axioms of modern rational mechanics to understand minds as mechanical systems that exhibit actual, not metaphorical, forces, inertia, and motion. Using precise mental models developed in artificial intelligence the author analyzes motivation, attention, reasoning, learning, and communication in mechanical terms. These analyses provide psychology and economics with new characterizations of bounded rationality; provide mechanics with new types of materials exhibiting the constitutive kinematic and dynamic properties characteristic of different kinds of minds; and provide philosophy with a rigorous theory of hybrid systems combining discrete and continuous mechanical quantities. The resulting mechanical reintegration of the physical sciences that characterize human bodies and the mental sciences that characterize human minds opens traditional philosophical and modern computational questions to new paths of technical analysis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521861977
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Reconciling Natural and Mental Philosophy: Part II. Reconstructing Rational Mechanics: Part III. Mechanical Minds: Part IV. The Metaphysics of Mechanics: Part V. Conclusion of the Matter.

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