The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind (Google eBook)

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Universal-Publishers, 2006 - Computers - 421 pages
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The Hidden Pattern presents a novel philosophy of mind, intended to form a coherent conceptual framework within which it is possible to understand the diverse aspects of mind and intelligence in a unified way. The central concept of the philosophy presented is the concept of "pattern": minds and the world they live in and co-create are viewed as patterned systems of patterns, evolving over time, and various aspects of subjective experience and individual and social intelligence are analyzed in detail in this light. Many of the ideas presented are motivated by recent research in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and the author's own AI research is discussed in moderate detail in one chapter. However, the scope of the book is broader than this, incorporating insights from sources as diverse as Vedantic philosophy, psychedelic psychotherapy, Nietzschean and Peircean metaphysics and quantum theory. One of the unique aspects of the patternist approach is the way it seamlessly fuses the mechanistic, engineering-oriented approach to intelligence and the introspective, experiential approach to intelligence.
  

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This book has made me realize that much of what I have analyzed and designed in my life have been devices that formulate or recognize patterns. It is a very rich book, it is something to contemplate, rather than whizzing through it. A very readable book on a deep topic. Read full review

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User Review  - brewbooks - LibraryThing

This book has made me realize that much of what I have analyzed and designed in my life have been devices that formulate or recognize patterns. It is a very rich book, it is something to contemplate, rather than whizzing through it. A very readable book on a deep topic. Read full review

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Contents

Preface
v
Acknowledgements
ix
MetaPhilosophy
11
Kinds of Minds
17
Universal Mind
27
Intelligence
43
Experience
53
Four Levels of Mind
69
Language
179
Toward Artificial Minds
195
PostEmbodied Mind
251
Causation
263
Belief and Self Systems
275
Creative Intuition
295
Mindfulness and Evil
329
Immortality
339

Complexity
81
Quantum Reality and Mind
91
Free Will
125
Emotion
131
Evolution
137
Autopoiesis
149
Science
163
Compassion and Ethics
347
Conclusion
353
Toward A Mathematical Theory of Pattern
355
Toward a Mathematical Theory of Mind
391
Notes on the Formalization of Causal Inference
407
References
411
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About the author (2006)

The chief editor of the book, Dr. Ben Goertzel, has published 4 research treatises in AI, cognitive science and systems theory, a biography of Linus Pauling, and one previous edited volume (in the area of dynamical psychology), as well as numerous research papers (for his CV, see www.goertzel.org/ben/newResume.htm).

Dr. Ben Goertzel has been involved in AI research and application development since the late 1980a (TM)s. He holds a PhD in mathematics from Temple University, and over the period 1989-1997 he held several university faculty positions in mathematics, computer science, and psychology, in the US, New Zealand and Australia.

Dr. Goertzel is author of numerous research papers and journalistic articles, a biography of Linus Pauling, and five scholarly books dealing with topics in the cognitive sciences, including Chaotic Logic (Plenum Press, 1994), and Creating Internet Intelligence (Plenum Press, 2001).

Currently, as CEO of the software firms Biomind LLC and Novamente LLC, he is leading a team of AI researchers in the development and commercialization of Artificial General Intelligence technology.

Cassio Pennachin has been leading software development projects since the mid-1990's, in artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, operations research and other areas. Prior to taking on his current role as CTO of Novamente LLC and Biomind LLC, he served as founder and CEO of Vetta Technologies, a Brazil-based software consulting firm, and he led a team developing mass spectrometry data analysis software for Proteometrics. From 1998-2001 Cassio was the former VP of R&D at Webmind Inc., leading several projects in AI, data mining and information retrieval.

Ben andCassio are the chief architects of the Novamente AI Engine, one of the AGI projects described in the book.

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