Mind Out of Matter Topics in the Physical Foundations of Consciousness and Cognition

Mind Out of Matter aims to transform the way we think about consciousness and the physical world. Unlike many contemporary volumes, it develops a robust and philosophically satisfying account of the mind/body relationship without doing violence to fundamental physics. It expunges popular but ludicro...

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Main Author: Mulhauser, G.R.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Dordrecht Springer Netherlands 1998, 1998
Edition:1st ed. 1998
Series:Studies in Cognitive Systems
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Collection: Springer Book Archives -2004 - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
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505 0 |a One: Frontal Assault -- 1. Structure and Overview -- 2. Underlying Themes and Methods -- 3. Cognitive Dissonance -- Two: Zombies and Their Look-Alikes -- 1. An Embarrassment to Our Discipline -- 2. Building A Zombie -- 3. Zombies, Functions, and Mathematical Mysticism -- Three: Information, Complexity, and Representation -- 1. Information is Physical -- 2. Measuring Information -- 3. Grounding Representation -- 4. GöDEL DE-MYSTIFIED -- 5. Platonic Hell -- Four: A Rose, by any other Name (or Description) -- 1. Sensations and Descriptons—Preliminaries -- 2. Getting Sensations from Descriptions -- 3. ‘Macmary’ -- 4. A Tasty Side Note -- 5. The Third Person Problem -- Five: Functional Systems -- 1. Liberal Functionausm -- 2. Logical Depth Measures -- 3. Choosing Modules by Minimising Complexity -- 4. Broader Concerns about Functional Decomposition -- Six: Self Models -- 1. Supervenience and Levels of Explanation -- 2. Prelude to a Theory of Consciousness -- 3. Troubles with ‘Mental States’ -- 4. Capturing Consciousness -- 5. Inside the Self Model -- Seven: Schrödinger’s Cat is Dead -- 1. Two Problems of Interpretation -- 2. Quantum Formalism in a Nutshell -- 3. Consistent Histories -- 4. The Classical Approximation -- 5. Interactive Decoherence -- 6. Is This a Fapp? -- 7. mind—what’s QM Got to Do With it? -- Eight: Building Conscious Data Structures -- 1. Information and the Self Model -- 2. Representation and Function in Neural Systems -- 3. Grossberg’s Adaptive Resonance Theory -- 4. Circuits of the Self Model -- Nine: Chaos, Computabiltty, and Real Life -- 1. Too Much of a Good Thing? -- 2. Models and Computation -- 3. Dynamical Systems -- 4. Chaotic Systems -- 5. Extended Computabjlity -- 6. Computability and Chaotic Analogue Systems -- 7. Chaos And Cognition In Real Life -- Ten: My ‘Hidden’ Agenda -- 1. What Good is a Theory of Mend And Body? -- 2. A Partial Picture In Soft Focus -- 3. Philosophical Futures -- References 
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520 |a Mind Out of Matter aims to transform the way we think about consciousness and the physical world. Unlike many contemporary volumes, it develops a robust and philosophically satisfying account of the mind/body relationship without doing violence to fundamental physics. It expunges popular but ludicrous assumptions about the `in principle' capabilities of cognizers and, with the help of tools from mathematics and scientific fields, supplants flawed notions of representation, function, and mental state with objective and physically grounded alternatives. It debunks quantum theories of consciousness, constructs a simple zombie recipe, and evaluates recent research on chaotic analogue networks. This book is indispensable for readers in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence, and for mathematicians applying complexity theory or information theory to biological cognition. Audience: General academic/university libraries, plus university departmental libraries in philosophy, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and computer science. Researchers and specialists in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, artificial life, complexity theory, and information theory. Researchers in the telecommunications industry