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Minds, Brains, and Computers : An Historical Introduction to the Foundations of Cognitive Science - Robert M. Harnish

Minds, Brains, and Computers

An Historical Introduction to the Foundations of Cognitive Science

Paperback Published: 3rd February 2000
ISBN: 9781557868770
Number Of Pages: 564

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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.

"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


Part I: The Mind as Computer: Introduction:.

1. A History of Thinking: D. D. Cummins.

2. Minds and Machines: H. Putnam.

3. Semantic Engines: An Introduction to Mind Design: J. Haugeland.

4. The Language of Thought: J. A. Fodor.

5. Vision: D. Marr.

6. GPS, A Program that Simulates Human Thought: A. Newell and H. Simon.

7. A Procedural Model of Language Understanding: T. Winograd.

8. A General Learning Theory and its Application to Schema Abstraction: J. R. Anderson and P. J. Kline.

9. Minds, Brains, and Programs: J. R. Searle.

10. Computing, Machinery, and Intelligence: M. Turing.

Part II: The Mind as Neural Network: Introduction: .

11. The Perceptron: A Probabilistic Model for Information Storage and Organization in the Brian: F. Rosenblatt.

12. Cognitive Activity in Artificial Neural Networks: P. M. Churchland.

13. Cooperative Computation of Stereo Disparity: D. Marr and T. Poggio.

14. On Learning the Past Tenses of English Verbs: D. E. Rumelhart and J. L. McClelland.

15. Parallel Networks that Learn to Pronounce English Text: T. J. Sejnowski and C. R. Rosenberg.

16. Connectionism and the Problem of Systematicity: Why Smolensky's Solution Won't Work: J. A. Fodor and B. P. McLaughlin.

17. Connectionism and the Language of Thought: P. Smolensky.

18. Rules and Connections in Human Language: S. Pinker and A. Prince.

Part III: The Mind as Brain: Introduction: .

19. The Organization of Behavior: D. O. Hebb.

20. In Search of the Engram: K. Lashley.

21. A Logical Calculus of the Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity: W. S. McCulloch and W. H. Pitts.

22. Is Consciousness a Brain Process?: U. T. Place.

23. The Computational Brain: Appendix: P. S. Churchland and T. J. Sejnowski.

24. What the Frog's Eye Tells the Frog's Brain: J. Y. Lettvin, H. K. Maturana, W. S. McCulloch, and W. H. Pitts.

25. Positron Emission: Tomographic Studies of the Cortical Anatomy of Single-word Processing: S. E. Petersen, P. T. Fox, M. I. Posner, M. Minton, and M. E. Raichle.

26. Computational Neuroscience: T. J. Sejnowski, C. Koch, and P. S. Churchland.

27. Two Cortical Visual Systems: L. G. Ungerleider and M. Mishkin.

Part IV: Special Topics: Introduction: .

28. Recent Contributions to the Theory of Innate Ideas: N. Chomsky.

29. The 'Innateness Hypothesis' and the Explanatory Models in Linguistics: H. Putnam.

30. Linguistics and Philosophy: N. Chomsky.

31. Initial Knowledge: Six Suggestions: E. Spelke.

32. Precis of the Modularity of Mind: J. A. Fodor.

33. Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes: P. M. Churchland.

34. The Social Function of Intellect: N. Humphrey.

35. Origins of Domain Specificity: The Evolution of Functional Organization: L. Cosmides and J. Tooby.


ISBN: 9781557868770
ISBN-10: 1557868778
Series: Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 564
Published: 3rd February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 17.37  x 3.07
Weight (kg): 0.97
Edition Number: 1