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The mechanization of the mind : on the origins of cognitive science

Author: Jean-Pierre Dupuy
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2000.
Series: New French thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In March 1946, some of the greatest minds of the twentieth century - among them John von Neumann, Norbert Wiener, Warren McCulloch, and Walter Pitts - gathered at the Beekman Hotel in New York City with the aim of constructing a science of mental behavior that would resolve at last the ancient philosophical problem of mind and matter. The legacy of their collaboration is known today as cognitive science." "As Dupuy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Pierre Dupuy
ISBN: 0691025746 9780691025742
OCLC Number: 44026149
Language Note: Translation of: Aux origines des sciences cognitives.
Description: xiv, 210 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: The self-mechanized mind. The cybernetic credo --
Cybernetics and cognitivism --
The question of humanism --
History of science vs. history of ideas. 1. The fascination with models. The virtue of models --
Manipulating representations --
The turning machine --
Knowing as simulating. 2. A poorly loved parent. A new scienza nuova? --
Mechanizing the human --
Brain/mind/machine --
McCulloch's neurons --
Connectionism vs. Cognitivism --
Von Neumann's machine. 3. The limits of interdisciplinarity. The macy conferences --
The cyberneticians in debate --
Unifying the work of the mind --
The physicalist temptation. 4. Philosophy and cognition. Naturalizing epistemology --
The obstacle of intentionality --
Brentano betrayed --
The missed encounter with phenomenology --
A subjectless philosophy of mind --
McCulloch vs. Wiener 5. From information to complexity. Information and physicalism --
Between form, chance, and meaning --
Cooperation and cognition --
Cybernetic totalities --
System and autonomy --
Complexity: the model becomes blurred. 6. Aspects of a failure. Learning about complexity --
The Ashby case, or the return to metaphysics --
Subjectless processes --
The missed rendezvous with the human sciences.
Series Title: New French thought.
Other Titles: Aux origines des sciences cognitives.
Responsibility: Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise.
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This work argues that one of the greatest intellectual mistakes of the past 50 years was for cognitive science to turn its back on its origins. The author examines these origins and demonstrates how  Read more...

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[An] elegant and lucid work... A superb example of detective work in the history of ideas. -- Steven Poole The Guardian A healthy prescription for those engaged in advancing theories of cognition. Read more...

 
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