Computation, Cognition, and Pylyshyn
Don Dedrick, Lana Trick
MIT Press, 2009 - Philosophy - 344 pages
A collection of cutting-edge work on cognition and a celebration of a foundational figure in the field.
Classical cognitive science has found itself in something of a pickle; a pickle that's so deep (if I may mix a metaphor) that most of its practitioners haven't so much as noticed that they are in it. What's so good about Pylyshyn -- in particular what's so good about Pylyshyn's recent work -- is that maybe, just possibly maybe, it shows us the way out of the pickle we're in -- from the introduction by Jerry FodorZenon Pylyshyn is a towering figure in cognitive science; his book Computation and Cognition (MIT Press, 1984) is a foundational presentation of the relationship between cognition and computation. His recent work on vision and its preconceptual mechanism has been influential and controversial. In this book, leading cognitive scientists address major topics in Pylyshyn's work and discuss his contributions to the cognitive sciences. Contributors discuss vision, considering such topics as multiple-object tracking, action, molecular and cellular cognition, and inhibition of return; and foundational issues, including connectionism, modularity, the evolution of the perception of number, computation, cognitive architecture, location, and visual sensory representations of objects.