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The Nature of Explanation - K. J. W. Craik

The Nature of Explanation

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Published: 31st January 1968
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In his brilliant and tragically brief career, Kenneth Craik anticipated certain ideas which since his death in 1945 have found wide acceptance. As one of the first to realise that machines share with the brain certain principles of functioning, Craik was a pioneer in the development of physiological psychology and cybernetics. Craik published only one complete work of any length, this essay on The Nature of Explanation. Here he considers thought as a term for the conscious working of a highly complex machine, viewing the brain as a calculating machine which can model or parallel external events, a process that is the basic feature of thought and explanation. He applies this view to a number of psychological and philosophical problems (such as paradox and illusion) and suggests possible experiments to test his theory. This book is of interest to those concerned with the concepts of brain and mind.

Preface
Introduction
The function and importance of explanation. Discussion of some current theories
A priorism and scepticism
Relational and descriptive theories
On causality
Hypothesis on the nature of thought
Some consequences of this hypothesis
Methods of testing this hypothesis
Discussion of possible criticisms
Summary
References
Postscript: a reply to critics
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ISBN: 9780521094450
ISBN-10: 0521094453
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 31st January 1968
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.14