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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Bibliographic Details
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
Table of Contents:
  • 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