ISBN-10:
026213392X
ISBN-13:
9780262133920
Pub. Date:
10/12/2001
Publisher:
MIT Press
Mind and Mechanism

Mind and Mechanism

by Drew V. McDermott
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In Mind and Mechanism, Drew McDermott takes a computational approach to the mind-body problem (how it is that a purely physical entity, the brain, can have experiences). He begins by demonstrating the falseness of dualist approaches, which separate the physical and mental realms. He then surveys what has been accomplished in artificial intelligence, clearly differentiating what we know how to build from what we can imagine building. McDermott then details a computational theory of consciousness claiming that the mind can be modeled entirely in terms of computation -- and deals with various possible objections. He also discusses cultural consequences of the theory, including its impact on religion and ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262133920
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/12/2001
Series: Bradford Books Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Drew V. McDermott is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
1The Problem of Phenomenal Consciousness1
2Artificial Intelligence29
3A Computational Theory of Consciousness93
4Objections and Replies137
5Symbols and Semantics167
6Consequences215
Notes243
References249
Index259

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"The problem of explaining the functional basis of feeling is undoubtedly the hardest (some think insoluble) problem of cognitive science. Whether they succeed or fail, it is undeniable that the contributors to this volume are facing this problem head-on."—Stevan Harnad, ResearchChair of Canada, and Center for Cognitive Neurosciences, University of Quebec

"In this book, Drew McDermott, one of today's shrewdest thinkers on the role of computation in cognitive capacity, tackles the problem of meaning and consciousness."—StevanHarnad, Research Chair of Canada, and Center for Cognitive Neurosciences, University ofQuebec

Stevan Harnad

In this book, Drew McDermott, one of today's shrewdest thinkers on the role of computation in cognitive capacity, tackles the problem of meaning and consciousness.

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