Minds, Brains, Computers: The Foundations of Cognitive Science - An Anthology (Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies)

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Minds, Brains, and Computers presents a vital resource –– the most comprehensive interdisciplinary selection of seminal papers in the foundations of cognitive science, from leading figures in artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

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"This anthology features papers that are historically important to cognitive science, giving about equal billing to symbolic, connectionist, and neuroscience viewpoints. Although the papers convey some key findings, their strong point is clarifying assumptions that underlie these three perspectives. Students will find this a valuable sourcebook for the major research traditions." Lance Rips, Northwestern University

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This book presents a vital resource –– a comprehensive interdisciplinary selection of seminal papers in the foundations of cognitive science, from leading figures in artificial intelligence, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

The collection is organized around three broad conceptions of the mind: the mind as computer program, the mind as a neural network, and the mind as brain. Each category includes papers that articulate the conception in question, papers that illustrate it, papers that interpret or criticize it, and papers that provide necessary technical background.

Finally, there is a section of classic papers on four broad questions which have shaped contemporary thinking in cognitive science:

What is innate in the mind?

Is the mind a seamless whole, or is it made up of independent modules that differ significantly from each other?

Are our ordinary mental concepts, such as belief, desire, and intention, a good starting place for a scientific understanding of the mind, or are they artifacts of a pre–scientific conception that should be discarded?

How should biology generally, and the evolution of animals in particular, constrain our theories about mental phenomena?

Taken together, these papers give a sense of the history of the field as well as its contents by presenting the argumnets, models, data, and experiments that most crucially influence theory and practice in cognitive science.

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