Studies in Cognitive Systems

The Discovery of the Artificial

Behavior, Mind and Machines Before and Beyond Cybernetics

Authors: Cordeschi, R.

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This series will include monographs and collections of studies devoted to the investigation and exploration of knowledge, information, and data processing systems of all kinds, no matter whether human, (other) animal, or machine. Its scope is intended to span the full range of interests from classical problems in the philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology through issues in cognitive psychology and sociobiology (concerning the mental capabilities of other species) to ideas related to artificial intelligence and to computer science. While primary emphasis will be placed upon theoretical, conceptual, and epistemological aspects of these problems and domains, empirical, experimental, and methodological studies will also appear from time to time. The present volume offers a broad and imaginative approach to the study of the mind, which emphasizes several themes, namely: the importance of functional organization apart from the specific material by means of which it may be implemented; the use of modeling to simulate these functional processes and subject them to certain kinds of tests; the use of mentalistic language to describe and predict the behavior of artifacts; and the subsumption of processes of adaptation, learning, and intelligence by means of explanatory principles. The author has produced a rich and complex, lucid and readable discussion that clarifies and illuminates many of the most difficult problems arising within this difficult domain.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Chemical Machines and Action Systems

    Cordeschi, Roberto

    Pages 1-30

  • Nervous Conduction: Early Connectionism, Physical Analogies and Machines

    Cordeschi, Roberto

    Pages 31-81

  • The Robot Approach

    Cordeschi, Roberto

    Pages 82-115

  • Behavior, Purpose and Teleology

    Cordeschi, Roberto

    Pages 116-152

  • Cybernetics and the Origins of Artificial Intelligence

    Cordeschi, Roberto

    Pages 153-186

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Discovery of the Artificial
Book Subtitle
Behavior, Mind and Machines Before and Beyond Cybernetics
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Cognitive Systems
Series Volume
28
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9870-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9870-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0606-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6015-0
Series ISSN
0924-0780
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 314
Topics