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Mind and mechanism

Author: Drew V McDermott
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Mind and Mechanism, Drew McDermott takes a computational approach to the mind-body problem (how it is that a purely physical entity, the brain, can have experiences). He begins by demonstrating the falseness of dualist approaches, which separate the physical and mental realms. He then surveys what has been accomplished in artificial intelligence, clearly differentiating what we know how to build from what we can  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Drew V McDermott
ISBN: 026213392X 9780262133920
OCLC Number: 45446173
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: xiii, 262 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1 Problem of Phenomenal Consciousness 1 --
2 Artificial Intelligence 29 --
3 A Computational Theory of Consciousness 93 --
4 Objections and Replies 137 --
5 Symbols and Semantics 167 --
6 Consequences 215.
Responsibility: Drew McDermott.

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An exploration of the mind-body problem from the perspective of artificial intelligence.  Read more...

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