Metaphors of Mind: Conceptions of the Nature of Intelligence

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 27, 1990 - Psychology - 344 pages
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This text enables readers to understand human intelligence from a variety of standpoints, such as psychology, anthropology, computational science, sociology, and philosophy. Readers will gain a comprehensive understanding of the concept of intelligence and how ideas about it have evolved and are continuing to evolve. Much of the present confusion surrounding the concept of intelligence stems from our having looked at it from these different standpoints without considering how they relate to each other or how they might be combined into a unified view that goes beyond the boundaries of a particular discipline.
  

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Contents

Metaphors as the foundations for theories of intelligence
3
Historical views of intelligence
23
Contemporary views of intelligence
33
The seminal views of Galton and Binet
69
The geographic metaphor
85
The computational metaphor
112
The biological metaphor
162
The epistemological metaphor
178
The anthropological metaphor
215
The sociological metaphor
241
The systems metaphor
261
Implications of the metaphorical approach
284
References
301
Name index
333
Subject index
339
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