Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds

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MIT Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 418 pages
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Minds are complex artifacts, partly biological and partly social; only a unified, multidisciplinary approach will yield a realistic theory of how they came into existence and how they work. One of the foremost workers in this multidisciplinary field is Daniel Dennett. This book brings together his essays on the philosphy of mind, artificial intelligence, and cognitive ethology that appeared in inaccessible journals from 1984 to 1996. Highlights include "Can Machines Think?," "The Unimagined Preposterousness of Zombies," "Artificial Life as Philosophy," and "Animal Consciousness: What Matters and Why." Collected in a single volume, the essays are now available to a wider audience.

 

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This was a real treat to read. A compilation of essays by Dennett about a good variety of topics, from neurosci to philosophy of language and everything in between. Be warned, it's a bit tough for the ... Read full review

Contents

Speaking for Our Selves
31
DoItYourself Understanding
59
Folk Craft versus Folk Science and Belief versus
81
Real Patterns
95
Julian Jayness Software Archeology
121
Instead of Qualia
141
Commentary on Moody Flanagan and Polger
171
Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life
179
Several Meanings of TopDown and BottomUp
249
Artificial Life as Philosophy
261
When Philosophers Encounter Artificial Intelligence
265
Review of Allen Newell Unified Theories of Cognition
277
Ethology Animal Mind
287
Out of the Armchair and into the Field
289
Hunting for Bargains or a Wild Goose Chase
307
Do Animals Have Beliefs?
323

The Frame Problem of AI
181
Producing Future by Telling Stories
207
A View from the East Pole
215
A Tale of Cognitive Pursuit
235
Foreword to Robert French The Subtlety of Sameness
243
Commentary on Whiten and Byrne
333
What Matters and Why
337
Pain Suffering and Morality
351
SelfPortrait
355
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Born in Boston in 1942, Daniel Clement Dennett explores the philosophical links between mind and brain. His first book, Content and Consciousness (1969) was one of the earliest to examine this issue. It is one that he expands on in his other books, including Consciousness Explained (1991), where he uses philosophical "materialism" to examine the link between mind and body. Dennett is a Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor, a Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University in Medford Mass. He is interested in the development of artificial intelligence, was the co-founder of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts, and has aided in the design of computer exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Science in Boston and the Computer Museum in Boston.

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