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Natural language and possible minds : how language uncovers the cognitive landscape of nature

Author: Prakash Mondal
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill-Rodopi, 2017.
Series: Value inquiry book series, v. 303.
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In 'Natural Language and Possible Minds: How Language Uncovers the Cognitive Landscape of Nature' Prakash Mondal attempts to demonstrate that language can reveal the hidden logical texture of diverse types of mentality in non-humans, contrary to popular belief. The widely held assumption in mainstream cognitive science is that language being humanly unique introduces an anthropomorphic bias in investigations into  Read more...
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Mondal, Prakash.
Natural language and possible minds.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill-Rodopi, 2017
(DLC) 2017026215
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Prakash Mondal
ISBN: 9004344209 9789004344204
OCLC Number: 1001841687
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction --
1.1.On Minds and Mental Structures --
1.2.Note on the Methodology --
1.3.Why Natural Language? --
1.4.Summary --
2.Natural Language and the Linguistic Foundations of Mind --
2.1.Language as a Window onto Thought and Reasoning --
2.2.Language as Conceptualization --
2.3.Language as a Mental Tool --
2.4.Expressive Power of Natural Language and Ineffability --
2.5.Summary --
3.Possible Minds from Natural Language --
3.1.Linguistic Structures and Mental Structures --
3.2.Mental Structures and the Forms of Possible Minds --
3.3.Summary --
4.Natural Language, Machines and Minds --
4.1.Machines and Minds --
4.2.Computation and Natural Language --
4.3.Summary --
5.Possible Minds and the Cognitive --
5.1.Summary --
6.Conclusion --
References.
Series Title: Value inquiry book series, v. 303.
Responsibility: by Prakash Mondal.

Abstract:

In 'Natural Language and Possible Minds: How Language Uncovers the Cognitive Landscape of Nature' Prakash Mondal attempts to demonstrate that language can reveal the hidden logical texture of diverse types of mentality in non-humans, contrary to popular belief. The widely held assumption in mainstream cognitive science is that language being humanly unique introduces an anthropomorphic bias in investigations into the nature of other possible minds. This book turns this around by formulating a lattice of mental structures distilled from linguistic structures constituting the cognitive building blocks of an ensemble of biological entities/beings. This turns out to have surprising consequences for machine cognition as well. Challenging mainstream views, this book will appeal to cognitive scientists, philosophers of mind, linguists and also cognitive ethologists.

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