Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds
A new collection of wide-ranging essays from one of cognitive science's most distingushed figures.
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
Speaking for Our Selves
Folk Craft versus Folk Science and Belief versus
Julian Jayness Software Archeology
Instead of Qualia
Commentary on Moody Flanagan and Polger
Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life
Several Meanings of TopDown and BottomUp
Artificial Life as Philosophy
When Philosophers Encounter Artificial Intelligence
Review of Allen Newell Unified Theories of Cognition
Ethology Animal Mind
Out of the Armchair and into the Field
Hunting for Bargains or a Wild Goose Chase
Do Animals Have Beliefs?
The Frame Problem of AI
Producing Future by Telling Stories
A View from the East Pole
A Tale of Cognitive Pursuit
Foreword to Robert French The Subtlety of Sameness
Commentary on Whiten and Byrne
What Matters and Why
Pain Suffering and Morality