Chaotic Logic: Language, Thought, and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 31, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
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This book summarizes a network of interrelated ideas which I have developed, off and on, over the past eight or ten years. The underlying theme is the psychological interplay of order and chaos. Or, to put it another way, the interplay of deduction and induction. I will try to explain the relationship between logical, orderly, conscious, rule-following reason and fluid, self organizing, habit-governed, unconscious, chaos-infused intuition. My previous two books, The Structure of Intelligence and The Evolving Mind, briefly touched on this relationship. But these books were primarily concerned with other matters: SI with constructing a formal language for discussing mentality and its mechanization, and EM with exploring the role of evolution in thought. They danced around the edges of the order/chaos problem, without ever fully entering into it. My goal in writing this book was to go directly to the core of mental process, "where angels fear to tread" -- to tackle all the sticky issues which it is considered prudent to avoid: the nature of consciousness, the relation between mind and reality, the justification of belief systems, the connection between creativity and mental illness,.... All of these issues are dealt with here in a straightforward and unified way, using a combination of concepts from my previous work with ideas from chaos theory and complex systems science.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PATTERN AND PREDICTION
13
THE STRUCTURE OF THOUGHT
25
PSYCHOLOGY AND LOGIC
43
LINGUISTIC SYSTEMS
63
CRUCIAL CONNECTIONS
89
SELFGENERATING SYSTEMS
113
THE COGNITIVE EQUATION
145
BELIEF SYSTEMS
165
BIOLOGICAL METAPHORS OF BELIEF
191
MIND AND REALITY
213
DISSOCIATIVE DYNAMICS
241
AFTERWORD
263
INDEX
273
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Dr. Ben Goertzel is a long-time leading researcher in the field of Artificial General Intelligence, and has also been prominent in the futurist and transhumanist communities, writing and speaking frequently about the long-term implications of AGI technology. He currently resides in Hong Kong with his AI-researcher wife Ruiting Lian, serving as Chief Scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings and participating in the OpenCog AGI/robotics project at Hong Kong Poly U. Holding a PhD in mathematics, Dr. Goertzel has published over a dozen books and 100+ research papers on AI, longevity biology and other areas of science, and is the founder of the AGI conference series, and Vice Chairman of Humanity+.