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Speaking Minds

Interviews with Twenty Eminent Cognitive Scientists

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Princeton University Press, New Jersey, United States
Published: 23rd Apr 1995
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 26mm
Weight: 628g
ISBN-10: 0691036780
ISBN-13: 9780691036786
Barcode No: 9780691036786
Synopsis
Few developments in the intellectual life of the past quarter-century have provoked more controversy than the attempt to engineer humanlike intelligence by artificial means. Born of computer science, this effort has sparked a continuing debate among the psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, and linguists who have pioneered - and criticized - Artificial Intelligence. Are there general principles, as some computer scientists had originally hoped, that would fully describe the activity of both animal and machine minds, just as aerodynamics accounts for the flight of birds and airplanes? Twenty leading researchers address this and other vexing questions in the fields that make up cognitive science.

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The authors' goal was not simply to produce another text that serves to introduce cognitive science but rather to give readers a feeling of the excitement of the field by helping them understand the personal commitment of these researchers and their connections to the work and thoughts of others in the field. They were clearly successful. "The authors' goal was not simply to produce another text that serves to introduce cognitive science but rather to give readers a feeling of the excitement of the field by helping them understand the personal commitment of these researchers and their connections to the work and thoughts of others in the field. They were clearly successful."--"Choice" "The frank and friendly style of the interviews makes the book both an invaluable accompaniment to a standard text and an excellent educated layman's introduction to some of the more computational issues in the science of the mind."--Richard Cooper, "The Times Higher Education Supplement" "The editors, Peter Baumgartner and Sabine Payr, have done a brilliant job. Enough food for thought to satisfy the most hungry of intellects."--"New Scientist" "These edited interviews of prominent workers in the cognitive science arena reveal lively disagreement on basic concepts, particularly between the two dominant camps. . . . A multiperspective overview of the evolution and objective of this relatively new discipline."--"Booklist" "Enough food for thought to satisfy the most hungry of intellects."--"New Scientist" "An invaluable accompaniment to a standard text and an excellent educated layman's introduction to some of the more computational issues in the science of the mind."--Richard Cooper, "The Times Higher Education Supplement"