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Mental models : towards a cognitive science of language, inference, and consciousness

Author: P N Johnson-Laird
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1983.
Series: Cognitive science series, 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers a unified theory of the major propertries of mind, including comprehension, inference, and consciousness. The author argues that we apprehend the world by building inner mental replicas of the relationships among objects and events that concern us. The mind is essentially a model-building device that can itself be modeled on a computer. The book provides a blueprint for building such a model and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P N Johnson-Laird
ISBN: 0674568818 9780674568815 0674568826 9780674568822 0521241235 9780521241236 0521273919 9780521273916
OCLC Number: 9685856
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xiii, 513 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The nature of explanation --
2. The doctrine of mental logic --
3. Reasoning with propositions --
4. Theories of the syllogism --
5. How to reason syllogistically --
6. Inference and mental models --
7. Images, propositions, and models --
8. Meaning in model-theoretic semantics.
Series Title: Cognitive science series, 6.
Responsibility: P.N. Johnson-Laird.

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This book offers a unified theory of the major propertries of mind, including comprehension, inference, and consciousness. The author argues that we apprehend the world by building inner mental replicas of the relationships among objects and events that concern us. The mind is essentially a model-building device that can itself be modeled on a computer. The book provides a blueprint for building such a model and numberous important illustrations of how to do it.

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