Synopses & Reviews
This book collects the most influential recent essay dealing with a new approach to understanding the mind—some searching for basic principles, others exploring theoretical implications, still others attacking the whole idea.
Mind Design is conceived as a sequel to Alan Ross Anderson's Minds and Machines (1964), augmenting it and bringing it up to date. It is intended not only for professionals in the cross-disciplinary areas of philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence and computer science, and the cognitive and neuroscience generally; it is also designed as a student book for such courses as Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Basics of Cognitive Science, Issues in Artificial Intelligence—not to mention such general-interest, popular courses as Minds and Machines, Computers and Society.
Contents: Semantic Engines: An Introduction to Mind Design, John C. Haugeland; Computer Science as Empirical Inquiry: Symbols and Search, Alan Newell and Herbert A. Simon; Complexity and the Study of Artificial and Human Intelligence, Zenon Pylyshyn; A Framework for Representing Knowledge, Marvin Minsky; Artificial Intelligence—A Personal View, David Marr; Artificial Intelligence Meets Natural Stupidity, Drew McDermott; From Micro-Worlds to Knowledge Representation: AI at an Impasse, Hubert L. Dreyfus; Reductionism and the Nature of Psychology, Hilary Putnam; Intentional Systems, Daniel C. Dennett; The Nature and Plausibility of Cognitivism, John C. Haugeland; Minds, Brains, and Programs, John R. Searle; Methodological Solipsism Considered as a Research Strategy in Cognitive Psychology, Jerry A. Fodor; The Material Mind, Donald Davidson.
"Haugeland's anthology Mind Design is by far the best, i.e. the most complete, most up-to-date, most conceptually refined of any collection available today."
—Hubert L. Dreyfuss, University of California, Berkeley
"This is an ideal introduction for anyone who wants to think carefully and well about the exciting topic of minds and machines."
—Daniel C. Dennett, Tufts University
This book collects the most influential recent essay dealing with a new approach to understanding the mind--some searching for basic principles, others exploring theoretical implications, still others attacking the whole idea.
About the Author
John Haugeland is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and the editor of Mind Design: Essays in Philosophy, Psychology, and Artificial Intelligence.