The Mechanical Mind

The Mechanical Mind : A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines and Mental Representation

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This edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes a new chapter on consciousness and a new section on modularity. There are also guides for further reading, and a new glossary of terms such as mentalese, connectionism, and the homunculus fallacy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20.57mm | 295g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • further reading, glossary, chronology
  • 0415290317
  • 9780415290319
  • 598,333

Table of contents

Introduction: The Mechanical Mind, 1. The puzzle of representation 2. Understanding thinkers and their thoughts 3. Computers and thought 4. The mechanisms of thought 5. Explaining mental representation 6. Consciousness and the mechanical mind. Glossary. Chronology of significant dates relevant to the history of the mechanical mind.
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'Wonderful and intellectually extremely accessible ... It is the best treatment of the intentionality of the mental that I have yet come across.' - David Armstrong, Pysche

'Terrifically useful... It gives the best simple introduction that I know to the computational theory of the mind.' - John Searle, University of California at Berkeley
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About Tim Crane

Tim Crane is Reader in Philosophy and Director of the School of Advanced Study at University College London. He is ahthor of Elements of Mind and editor of The Contents of Experience.
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