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Computers and Cognition : Why Minds Are Not Machines - James H. Fetzer

Computers and Cognition

Why Minds Are Not Machines

Paperback Published: 30th November 2001
ISBN: 9781402002434
Number Of Pages: 352

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An important collection of studies providing a fresh and original perspective on the nature of mind, including thoughtful and detailed arguments that explain why the prevailing paradigm - the computational conception of language and mentality - can no longer be sustained. An alternative approach is advanced, inspired by the work of Charles S. Peirce, according to which minds are sign-using (or `semiotic') systems, which in turn generates distinctions between different kinds of minds and overcomes problems that burden more familiar alternatives. Unlike conceptions of minds as machines, this novel approach has obvious evolutionary implications, where differences in semiotic abilities tend to distinguish the species. From this point of view, the scope and limits of computer and AI systems can be more adequately appraised and alternative accounts of consciousness and cognition can be more thoroughly criticised.
Readership: Intermediate and advanced students of computer science, AI, cognitive science, and all students of the philosophy of the mind.

Series Prefacep. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Minds and Machines: Behaviorism, Dualism and Beyondp. 3
Semiotic Systems
Primitive Concepts: Habits, Conventions, and Lawsp. 25
Signs and Minds: An Introduction to the Theory of Semiotic Systemsp. 43
Language and Mentality: Computational, Representational, and Dispositional Conceptionsp. 73
Computers and Cognition
Mental Algorithms: Are Minds Computational Systems?p. 101
What Makes Connectionism Different? A Criticial Review of Philosophy and Connectionist Theoryp. 131
People are Not Computers: (Most) Thought processes are Not Computational Proceduresp. 153
Computer Epistemology
Program Verification: The Very Ideap. 183
Philosophical Aspects of Program Verificationp. 221
Philosophy and Computer Science: Reflections on the Program Verification Debatep. 247
Computer Reliability and Public Policy: Limits of Knowledge of Computer-Based Systemsp. 271
Index of Namesp. 309
Index of Subjectsp. 313
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ISBN: 9781402002434
ISBN-10: 1402002432
Series: Studies in Cognitive Systems
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 30th November 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.7  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Type: New edition