This collection weitten by leading figures in cognitive science includes their lively debates with Dartnall about his call for a new epistemology, an alternative to the standard representational story in cognitive science. Dartnall aims to show that new epistemology is already with us in some leading-edge models of human creativity. Such an epistemology steers a middle road between the representationism of classical cognitive science and a radical anti-representationism that denies the existence or importance of representations.
Dartnall, who debates contributors at each chapter's end, believes that creativity inheresnot only in big ticket items such as plays, poems, or sonatasbut in our ability to produce cognitive content at all, so that representations are the creative products of our knowledge, rather than its passive carriers.
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About the Author
TERRY DARTNALL is Senior lecturer in Computing and Information Technology at Australia's Griffith University in Nathan, Queensland.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Terry Dartnall
Staring Emmy Straight in the Eyeand Doing My Best Not to Flinch by Douglas Hofstadter
Acquisition and Productivity in Perceptual Symbol Sytems: An Account of Mundane Creativity by Jesse J. Prinz and Lawrence W. Barsalou
Creativity and the Varieties of Explicitation by Donald M. Peterson
Creativity, Relational Knowledge, and Capacity: Why Are Humans So Creative? By Graeme S. Halford and William H. Wilson
Analogy and Creativity: Schema Induction in a Structure-Sensitive Connectionist Model by John E. Hummel and Keith J. Holyoak
Creativity: A Computational Modelling Approach by Derek Partridge and Jon Rowe
Creativity and Runaway Learning by Chris Thornton
Letter Spirit: Perception and Creation of Diverse Alphabetic Styles by Gary McGraw and Doug Hofstadter
Recent Results in the Letter Spirit Project by John Rehling
Emergence and Creativity: Five Degrees of Freedom by Richard McDonough