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An Invitation to Cognitive Science - Justin Lieber

An Invitation to Cognitive Science

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Published: 19th July 1994
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Cognitive science asks about thought and thinking, about consciousness and computation, under the assumption that whatever the human brain does might well be done with different materials. Professor Leiber's exuberant but incisive book illuminates the inquiry's beginnings in Plato, in the physiology and psychology of Descartes, in the formal work of Russell and Godel, and in Wittgenstein's critique of folk psychology. Leiber shows us the new science's paradigm in the ideas, inventions and proposals of Alan Turing, dramatically sketching its development in the hotly contested interface between cognitive psychology, generative linguistics, computer science, visual perception and neurophysiology, down to today's debate between connectionist and rationalist models of mind. While his energy, clarity and wit will enthral the most casual reader, Leiber offers the initiate a fresh and compelling look at the roots and current dynamics of cognitive science.

Prefacep. vii
Shake Handsp. 1
The Classical Agenda: Plato's Problem, Aristotle's Turf-wars, Descartes' Solutionp. 10
The Gathering Storm: La Mettrie's Machine, Frankenstein's Monster, Babbage's Engines, Russell's Logicp. 25
Meaning Must Have a Stopp. 46
Dark Glass and Shattered Mirrorsp. 61
The Contradictions of the Public Worldp. 72
Turing and Wittgensteinp. 89
Information Stormsp. 96
The Imitation Gamep. 108
The Linguistic Turn: The Child Programp. 130
Stories of Consciousnessp. 148
Notesp. 154
Indexp. 166
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ISBN: 9780631170051
ISBN-10: 0631170057
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 19th July 1994
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 229.59 x 155.8  x 11.68
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1