Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science

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MIT Press, 2005 - Psychology - 266 pages
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Cognitive science approaches the study of mind and intelligence from an interdisciplinary perspective, working at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. WithMind, Paul Thagard offers an introduction to this interdisciplinary field for readers who come to the subject with very different backgrounds. It is suitable for classroom use by students with interests ranging from computer science and engineering to psychology and philosophy.

Thagard's systematic descriptions and evaluations of the main theories of mental representation advanced by cognitive scientists allow students to see that there are many complementary approaches to the investigation of mind. The fundamental theoretical perspectives he describes include logic, rules, concepts, analogies, images, and connections (artificial neural networks). The discussion of these theories provides an integrated view of the different achievements of the various fields of cognitive science.

This second edition includes substantial revision and new material. Part I, which presents the different theoretical approaches, has been updated in light of recent work the field. Part II, which treats extensions to cognitive science, has been thoroughly revised, with new chapters added on brains, emotions, and consciousness. Other additions include a list of relevant Web sites at the end of each chapter and a glossary at the end of the book. As in the first edition, each chapter concludes with a summary and suggestions for further reading.
  

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User Review  - Nima Vaziri - Goodreads

A well-rounded introduction to cognitive science. I enjoyed the breakdown between the different aspects of cognitive science and their respective coverage. Read full review

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User Review  - Aaron Michaux - Goodreads

With exceptional clarity, Thagard gives a concise broad overview of research into strong artificial intelligence. Computer scientists will want something with more substance. Read full review

Contents

Representation and Computation
3
Logic
23
Rules
43
Concepts
59
Analogies
77
Images
95
Connections
111
Review and Evaluation
133
Emotions
161
Consciousness
175
Bodies the World and Dynamic Systems
191
Societies
205
The Future of Cognitive Science
217
Glossary
229
References
235
Index
257

Extensions to Cognitive Science
145
Brains
147

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Philosophy of Mind
Jaegwon Kim
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