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Published: 25 December 2008

640 Pages | 212 halftones, 164 line illus.


ISBN: 9780195320671

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Computing the Mind

How the Mind Really Works

Shimon Edelman

  • Encompasses all the major aspects of cognition, offering a unified account for all of them in terms of the same basic explanatory tool (computation) and, on a more detailed level, the same set of functions and mechanisms (learning; hierarchal abstraction; statistical interference of structure).
  • Novelty: many of the computational explanations contained in the book (especially those having to do with language) are being published for the first time.
  • Intellectual rigor: unlike other popular treatments of cognition, the book does not compromise on this front; the explanations, which rest on foundations laid down in the first four chapters, are concrete and detailed, not metaphorical or elliptical.
  • Accessibility: the book can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in science and a high-school knowledge of mathematics; all the necessary conceptual tools are introduced and explained in the beginning, using everyday language and simple examples.
  • Scholarship and humanism: in addition to scientific data from many disciplines, the book's examples and illustrations draw on a wide range of cultural traditions in literature and the arts.

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