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Chaotic Logic : Language, Thought, and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science - Ben Goertzel

Chaotic Logic

Language, Thought, and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1994
ISBN: 9780306446900
Number Of Pages: 278

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This book summarizes a network of interrelated ideas which I have developed, off and on, over the past eight or ten years. The underlying theme is the psychological interplay of order and chaos. Or, to put it another way, the interplay of deduction and induction. I will try to explain the relationship between logical, orderly, conscious, rule-following reason and fluid, self- organizing, habit-governed, unconscious, chaos-infused intuition. My previous two books, The Structure of Intelligence and The Evolving Mind, briefly touched on this relationship. But these books were primarily concerned with other matters: SI with constructing a formal language for discussing mentality and its mechanization, and EM with exploring the role of evolution in thought. They danced around the edges of the order/chaos problem, without ever fully entering into it. My goal in writing this book was to go directly to the core of mental process, "where angels fear to tread" -- to tackle all the sticky issues which it is considered prudent to avoid: the nature of consciousness, the relation between mind and reality, the justification of belief systems, the connection between creativity and mental illness, .... All of these issues are dealt with here in a straightforward and unified way, using a combination of concepts from my previous work with ideas from chaos theory and complex systems science.

Introductionp. 1
Pattern and Predictionp. 13
The Structure of Thoughtp. 25
Psychology and Logicp. 43
Linguistic Systemsp. 63
Crucial Connectionsp. 89
Self-Generating Systemsp. 113
The Cognitive Equationp. 145
Belief Systemsp. 165
Biological Metaphors of Beliefp. 191
Mind and Realityp. 213
Dissociative Dynamicsp. 241
Afterwordp. 263
Referencesp. 265
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780306446900
ISBN-10: 0306446901
Series: Language of Science
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 31st July 1994
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.04  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.57

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