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Computing the mind : how the mind really works

Author: Shimon Edelman
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2008.
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"By analyzing the tasks facing any sentient being that is subject to stimulation and a pressure to act, Shimon Edelman identifies computation as the common denominator in the emerging answers to all these questions. Any system composed of elements that exchange signals with each other and occasionally with the rest of the world can be said to be engaged in computation. A brain composed of neurons is one example of a  Read more...
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Edelman, Shimon.
Computing the mind.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008011578
(OCoLC)214064378
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shimon Edelman
ISBN: 9780199717637 019971763X
OCLC Number: 701718589
Description: 1 online resource (611 pages) : illustrations, map, music
Contents: Brains, minds, and numbers --
Computing minds --
Computing brains --
The astonishing hypothesis --
Perception --
Memory --
Language --
Thinking --
Being no one --
Imagine --
The mind in the act of finding.
Responsibility: Shimon Edelman.

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"By analyzing the tasks facing any sentient being that is subject to stimulation and a pressure to act, Shimon Edelman identifies computation as the common denominator in the emerging answers to all these questions. Any system composed of elements that exchange signals with each other and occasionally with the rest of the world can be said to be engaged in computation. A brain composed of neurons is one example of a system that computes, and the computations that the neurons collectively carry out constitute the brain's mind." "Edelman presents a computational account of the entire spectrum of cognitive phenomena that constitute the mind. He begins with sentience, and uses examples from visual perception to demonstrate that it must, at its very core, be a type of computation. Throughout his account, Edelman acknowledges the human mind's biological origins. Along the way, he also demystifies traits such as creativity, language, and individual and collective consciousness, and hints at how naturally evolved minds can transcend some of their limitations by moving to computational substrates other than brains. The book should be read by anyone seeking a comprehensive and current introduction to cognitive psychology."--Jacket.

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