MINDWARE. AN INTRODUCTION. TO THE PHILOSOPHY. OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE. Andy Clark. University of Sussex. New York Oxford. OXFORD. Andy Clark. · Rating details · ratings · 12 reviews. Mindware is an introductory text with a difference. In eight short chapters it tells a story and invites the. Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science invites readers to join in up-to-the-minute conceptual discussions of the Andy Clark.
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Mindware is an introductory text with a difference. In eight short chapters it tells a story and invites the reader to join in some up-to-the-minute conceptual discussion of the key issues, problems, and opportunities in cognitive science. The story is about the search for a cognitive scientific understanding of mind.
It is presented as a no-holds-barred journey from early. It is presented as a no-holds-barred journey from early work in Artificial Intelligence, through connectionist artificial neural network counter-visions, and onto neuroscience artificial life, dynamics and robotics. The journey ends with some wide-ranging and provacative speculation about the role of technology and the changing nature of the human mind itself. Each chapter is organized as an initial sketch of a research program or theme, followed by a substantial discussion section in which specific problems and issues both familiear and cutting-edge are raised and pursued.
Classic topics are treated alongside the newer ones in an integrated treatment of the various discussions. The sketches and discussions are accompanied by numerous figures and boxed sections, and followed by suggestions for futher reading.
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Sep 26, Chris Via rated it liked it Shelves: One must bear in mind that this book anvy published inwhile its subject has mimdware leaps and bounds though perhaps not towards the goal it seeks.
As an introductory text, I feel that Clark’s prose finds the right median between the colloquial and the lofty.
Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science
It’s a great overview of the history of philosophy of mind and the major debates. For me, the most intriguing debate is the one that found its launching pad in Descartes back in the early seventeenth century: The book is very much Andy Clark’s interpretation and thoughts of the field, i.
In this vein, the only section of the book I considered worthwhile was the second appendix, “Consciousness and the Meta-Hard Problem,” though the thoughts are at the forefront of philosophy today.
Apart from that, Clark does a nice job breaking down some of Daniel Dennett’s more opaque theories, especially from the latter’s book Consciousness Explained –a book that I still regard with trepidation I’ve only managed the first few pages several different times. Having read a lot in the area of philosophy of mind and in neuroscience, I looked to this book to bring some coherence to all the schools of thought and the history thereof. In the end, I find myself continuing to lean more and more away from philosophy.
For the goal presented in the problem of mind-body dualism and in the explanation of qualia, I really don’t see a fruitful explanation coming from the dialectical approach of philosophy or even the analytical approach of logic; I look more towards neuroscience. Which, actually, brings up another point regarding science and philosophy. More and more I’m starting to view philosophy as nothing more than an analogy factory–at least, as regards metaphysics.
I’ve been reading and enjoying philosophy for a while, including a subscription to Philosophy Nowbut lately, as compared to science books and my other subscription to Scientific AmericanI am getting impatient with philosophy. Yet I cannot completely abandon it. I’ve read many times that philosophy’s proper place is to help think the right way about a thing, to clarify thinking, which is a laudable goal since even scientific phenomena must be explained in language at some point.
Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science by Andy Clark
So, I agree that there must be some intellectual agency governing how to clearly think about and express a given thing in language.
In addition to language, there is of course the branch of philosophy that deals with ethics. And, as scientific discovery progresses perhaps especially in the field of AI I can see where it would be as equally prudent to steep ourselves in clear ethics as in clear thought and language. What doesn’t start unending debates is an equation.
Well, unless we’re talking about quantum mechanics, of course. Mar 09, Zedder rated it liked it. The first part of this book spends too long going over traditional issues in the philosophy of mind and artifical intelligence, and what he says about those issues is largely taken from Haugeland’s “AI: The second part is actually on contemporary cognitive science, but it’s not very well written and kind of boring to read.
Aug 10, Krystal rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was a text for my Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science course. It’s got good information, but I got bored with it; it definitely isn’t my favorite Clark book and I think his writing talents lie outside of the textbook world.
Sep 17, Chant Cowen rated it liked it. I would make one suggestion and that would be in regards to AI. I would suggest readers to read John Haugeland’s book on AI to get a more fuller picture of GOFAI good old fashioned artificial intelligencehowever be warned as the Haugeland text is older than mindware.
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Great introduction to the plethora of discussions in contemporary cognitive science and neurophilosophy. Connectionism, representations, embodied cognition – can mind be reduced to matter and if so, can computation explain it? You won’t get and answer, but you will be pointed in directions that might help you to find one for yourself. Someone add neurophilosophy to Google dictionary already! Aug 12, Josh Oberman rated it liked it.
This was a very helpful text when I was trying to learn more about philosophy of cognitive science as opposed to something like “philosophy of mind”. That is, Clark runs through the philosophical debates that have been fuelled by actual cognitive science research.
So, for instance, debates about consciousness takes a backseat to debates surrounding connectionism, embodied cognition, and the like. Good primer for getting a general purview of the landscape of debates in this realm and some solid This was a very helpful text when I was trying to learn more about philosophy of cognitive science as opposed to something like “philosophy of mind”.
Jan 03, Troy Powell rated it it was amazing. This was a required text, for an Introductory Philosophy of Mind course I took in my undergrad, very straight forward and not too difficult to grasp.
Many of the concepts and models introduced have stayed with me for years. Jul 10, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: This book was okay.
Probably tainted by having to read it for a class, it introduced some innovative concepts, but the overarching philosophy got a mindwware heady sometimes and was not the easiest to follow. Sep 06, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: Good for people interested in getting into Cognitive Science. Sep 08, Bruce Crown rated it liked it.
Good arguments and anthology of philosophy minddware mind. Handy textbooks and useful for reference and papers for students of philosophy. Nov 18, serina rated it really liked it. Jude rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Yi Liu rated it liked it Apr 01, Lauri Calonius rated it really liked it Jul 25, Arthur Constandse rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Rachel Knickmeyer rated it liked it Jun 29, Aquinas rated it liked it Apr 13, Bram rated it really liked it Jan 13, John Dennis rated it really liked it Dec 18, Sara rated it really liked it May 05, Brooke Guy rated it mindeare was amazing May 11, Lilia rated it liked it Feb 07, Alison rated it liked it Jun 24, Christopher rated it liked it May 30, D rated it it was amazing Aug 01, Augusta rated it liked it Sep 20, Jasmin rated it really liked it Oct 10, Klaus rated mimdware liked it Sep 06, Murray rated it liked it Mindqare 22, Iliana rated it liked it Jan 04, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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