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Mind Readings is a collection of accessible readings on some of the most important topics in cognitive science. Although anyone interested in the interdisciplinary study of mind will find the selections well worth reading, they work particularly well with Paul
Thagard's textbook Mind: An Introduction Cognitive Science, and provide further discussion on the major topics discussed in that book. The first eight chapters present approaches to cognitive science from the perspective that thinking consists of computational procedures on mental representations. The remaining five chapters discuss challenges to the computational-representational understanding of mind.
Contributors: John R.
Anderson, Ruth M.J. Byrne, E.H. Durfee, Chris Eliasmith, Owen Flanagan, Dedre Gentner, Janice
Glasgow, Philip N. Johnson-Laird, Alan Mackworth, Arthur B. Markman, Douglas L. Medin, Keith Oatley,
Dimitri Papadias, Steven Pinker, David E. Rumelhart, Herbert A. Simon.
The MIT Press
Suggested to be used w/Thagard's textbook, Mind: An Intro- duction to Cognitive Science; computational procedures etc.
Thagard has chosen readings wisely, not just to complement his textbook, but as a short stand-alone anthology. The collection succeeds admirably.
|Guide for the Reader|
|Acknowledgments and Sources|
|1||What Is an "Explanation" of Behavior?||1|
|2||The Cognitive Science of Deduction||29|
|3||Production Systems and the ACT-R Theory||59|
|4||Rules of Language||77|
|5||Concepts and Conceptual Structure||93|
|6||Structure Mapping in Analogy and Similarity||127|
|8||The Architecture of Mind: A Connectionist Approach||207|
|9||The Structure of Emotions||239|
|10||A Unified Theory of Consciousness?||259|
|11||On Seeing Robots||271|
|12||What Your Computer Really Needs to Know, You Learned in Kindergarten||287|
|13||The Third Contender: A Critical Examination of the Dynamicist Theory of Cognition||303|
|Notes on the Contributors||335|