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An Invitation to Cognitive Science



An Invitation to Cognitive Science

Justin Lieber

ISBN: 978-0-631-17005-1 July 1994 Wiley-Blackwell 180 Pages


Professor Leiber's exuberant but incisive book illuminates the inquiry's beginnings in Plato, in the physiology and psychology of Descartes, in the formal work of Russell and Gödel, and in Wittgenstein's critique of folk psychology.

Preface vii

1 Shake Hands 1

2 The Classical Agenda: Plato's Problem, Aristotle's Turf-wars, Descartes' Solution 10

3 The Gathering Storm: La Mettrie's Machine, Frankenstein's Monster, Babbage's Engines, Russell's Logic 25

4 Meaning Must Have a Stop 46

5 Dark Glass and Shattered Mirrors 61

6 The Contradictions of the Public World 72

7 Turing and Wittgenstein 89

8 Information Storms 96

9 The Imitation Game 108

10 The Linguistic Turn: The Child Program 130

11 Stories of Consciousness 148

Notes 154

Index 166