Minds, Brains, Computers: An Historical Introduction to the Foundations of Cognitive Science
October 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
Introduction: What is Cognitive Science?.
Cognition: Broad and Narrow.
Computation: Broad and Narrow.
The Working Conception of Cognitive Science.
Appendix: 1978 Sloan Report.
Part I: Historical Background.
Part II: The Digital Computational Theory of Mind.
Part III: Connectionist Computational Theory of Mind.
- Emphasizes the computational theory of mind in both its digital and connectionist forms.
- Explains the basic concepts rather than particular hypotheses and experiments.
- Provides historical background to theory of mind: philosophical, psychological, biological and computational.
- Presupposes no special training in any of the disciplines related to cognitive science.
"There are two problems that perennially plague courses in cognitive science: students from one discipline lack an adequate background in the other disciplines crucial to the subject, and, even within their own discipline, students often don't possess the historical perspective necessary to understand how contemporary problems arose and why they are important. Harnish's rich and well-informed book is designed to solve both of these problems and it succeeds admirably." Stephen Stich, Rutgers University.