Creativity, Cognition, and Knowledge: An Interaction

Creativity, Cognition, and Knowledge: An Interaction

by Terry Dartnall (Editor)


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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 inheres—not only in big ticket items such as plays, poems, or sonatas—but in our ability to produce cognitive content at all, so that representations are the creative products of our knowledge, rather than its passive carriers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275976811
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2002
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.73(d)

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 Eye—and 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


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