This collection by a distinguished group of philosophers, psychologists, and physiologists reflects an interdisciplinary approach to the central question of cognitive science: how do we model the mind? Among the topics explored are the relationships (theoretical, reductive, and explanatory) between philosophy, psychology, computer science, and physiology; what should be asked of models in science generally, and in cognitive science in particular; whether theoretical models must make essential reference to objects in the environment; whether there are human competences that are resistant, in principle, to modelling; whether simulated thinking and intentionality are really thinking and intentionality; how semantics can be generated from syntactics; the meaning of the terms "representations" and "modelling;" whether the nature of the "hardware" matters; and whether computer models of humans are "dehumanizing." Contributors include Donald Davidson, Daniel C. Dennett, Margaret A. Boden, Adam Morton, Dennis Noble, T. Poggio, Colin Blakemore, K.V. Wilkes, P.N. Johnson-Laird, and Jonathan St. B.T. Evans.
'This high powered collection also has a nicely original essay by Margaret Boden on artificial intelligence.'
David Cohen, New Scientist, 20 April 1991
'This interesting collection of eleven essays brings together some of the papers which were read on two occasions, the Turin Conference on 'Human Mind - Artificial Mind' in Italy, 1985, and the Oxford University Cognitive Science Seminars around the same time.'
Stefan E. Cuypers, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 168
Donald Davidson: Turing's Test; Donald Davidson: Representation and Interpretation; Adam Morton: Semantics and Subroutines; Daniel C. Dennett: The Myth of Original Intentionality; K.V. Wilkes: Modelling the Mind; Margaret A. Boden: Computer Models of the Mind: Are They Socially Pernicious?; Dennis Noble: Biological Explanation and Intentional
Behaviour; Colin Blakemore: A Mechanistic Approach to Perception and the Human Mind; T. Poggio: Vision: the `Other' Face of AI; P.N. Johnson-Laird: Human Thinking and Mental Models; Jonathan St B.T. Evans: Deductive Reasoning in Human Information Processing