The Mind, the Brain and Complex Adaptive Systems

The Mind, the Brain and Complex Adaptive Systems

by Harold J. Morowitz, Jerome L. Singer
     
 

This is a volume of thoughtful essays by a group of scientific leaders from physics, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, and brain psychology. It addresses fundamental issues such as, in the words of one of the contributors (Nobel Prize-winner Herbert A. Simon). ”How a mind resides in a brain.”

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This is a volume of thoughtful essays by a group of scientific leaders from physics, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, and brain psychology. It addresses fundamental issues such as, in the words of one of the contributors (Nobel Prize-winner Herbert A. Simon). ”How a mind resides in a brain.” The essays are set in the framework of the evolving scientific concept of complex adaptive systems, the basis for which is laid in an impressive essay by another Nobelist, physicist Murray Gell-Mann. The various chapters include studies of the neurobiology of mental representation, the brain architecture that bears on the organization of human memory, a connectionist approach to emotions and neuro-modulation, the possible neurobiological bases of consciousness, the new scientific understanding of human unconsciousness processes, and even the possibility of formulating a parallel distributed process computer simulation of daydreaming and nightdreaming. Scientists in the fields of brain biology, artificial intelligence, and psychology, as well as educators interested in the links of mind and brain, will find stimulating material for potential research and teaching in each chapter.

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From a May 1993 conference at George Mason University, 13 papers discuss the relationship between the mind and the brain within the evolving framework of complex adaptive systems. Among the topics are the neurobiology of mental representation, the brain architecture that bears on the organization of human memory, and the possibility of formulating a parallel distributed process computer simulation of daydreaming and nightdreaming. By and for scientists in a broad range of disciplines, and so assumes no particular specialty. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201409888
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/20/1995
Series:
Proceedings Volume Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.75(d)

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