Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought

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Readers of earlier works by Douglas Hofstadter will find this book a natural extension of his style and his ideas about creativity and analogy; in addition, psychologists, philosophers, and artificial-intelligence researchers will find in this elaborate web of ingenious ideas a deep and challenging new view of mind.

Since 1977, Hofstadter, the author of Godel, Escher, Bach, and his students have been developing computer models of discovery, creation, and analogical ...

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Overview

Readers of earlier works by Douglas Hofstadter will find this book a natural extension of his style and his ideas about creativity and analogy; in addition, psychologists, philosophers, and artificial-intelligence researchers will find in this elaborate web of ingenious ideas a deep and challenging new view of mind.

Since 1977, Hofstadter, the author of Godel, Escher, Bach, and his students have been developing computer models of discovery, creation, and analogical thought. What has emerged is a sophisticated and unorthodox vision of the mind in which perception, at an abstract level, is the key: perception of situations, of patterns, of patterns among patterns. This book conveys this bold vision to a broad public. Illustrations.

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Hofstadter (cognitive science, computer science, Indiana U.) challenges conventional computer simulations of reasoning. He discusses the importance of how concepts give rise to generalizations and analogies, and asserts that mental activities are fundamentally parallel. He illustrates these principles with computer models for solving anagram, analogy, and number puzzles. Includes b&w diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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A remarkable exploration of the concept that perception, at an abstract level, is the key to understanding the human mind and new levels of artificial intelligence. B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465024759
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,454,091
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.85 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas R. Hofstadter is College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His previous books are the Pulitzer Prizewinning Gödel, Escher, Bach; Metamagical Themas, The Mind’s I, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, Le Ton Beau de Marot, and Eugene Onegin.

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Table of Contents

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Prologue: The Why, the When, the Where, and the Who of This Book 1
Ch. 1 To Seek Whence Cometh a Sequence 13
Preface 2: The Unconscious Juggling of Mental Objects 87
Ch. 2 The Architecture of Jumbo 97
Preface 3: Arithmetical Play and Nondeterminism 127
Ch. 3 Numbo: A Study in Cognition and Recognition 131
Preface 4: The Ineradicable Eliza Effect and Its Dangers 155
Ch. 4 High-level Perception, Representation, and Analogy: A Critique of Artificial-intelligence Methodology 169
Preface 5: Conceptual Halos and Slippability 195
Ch. 5 The Copycat Project: A Model of Mental Fluidity and Analogy-making 205
Preface 6: Two Early AI Approaches to Analogy 269
Ch. 6 Perspectives on Copycat: Comparisons with Recent Work 275
Preface 7: Retrieval of Old and Invention of New Analogies 301
Ch. 7 Prolegomena to Any Future Metacat 307
Preface 8: Analogy-making in a Coffeehouse 319
Ch. 8 Tabletop, BattleOp, Ob-Platte, Potelbat, Belpatto, Platobet 323
Preface 9: The Knotty Problem of Evaluating Research in AI and Cognitive Science 359
Ch. 9 The Emergent Personality of Tabletop, a Perception-based Model of Analogy-making 377
Preface 10: The Intoxicating World of Alphabets and Their Styles 401
Ch. 10 Letter Spirit: Esthetic Perception and Creative Play in the Rich Microcosm of the Roman Alphabet 407
Epilogue: On Computers, Creativity, Credit, Brain Mechanisms, and the Turing Test 467
References 493
Index 502
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