Studies in Cognitive Systems

Superminds

People Harness Hypercomputation, and More

Authors: Bringsjord, Selmer, Zenzen, M.

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This is the first book-length presentation and defense of a new theory of human and machine cognition, according to which human persons are superminds. Superminds are capable of processing information not only at and below the level of Turing machines (standard computers), but above that level (the "Turing Limit"), as information processing devices that have not yet been (and perhaps can never be) built, but have been mathematically specified; these devices are known as super-Turing machines or hypercomputers. Superminds, as explained herein, also have properties no machine, whether above or below the Turing Limit, can have. The present book is the third and pivotal volume in Bringsjord's supermind quartet; the first two books were What Robots Can and Can't Be (Kluwer) and AI and Literary Creativity (Lawrence Erlbaum). The final chapter of this book offers eight prescriptions for the concrete practice of AI and cognitive science in light of the fact that we are superminds.

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"This book is part of a series that aims at exploring all kinds of knowledge, information and data processing systems. It is especially interesting because it deals with the often sharply discussed question of the relation of ‘human’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’. … This book and the whole series will cause a lot of discussions, and this will make the book very interesting. … A very interesting book that can be recommended to everybody who is interested in the relation between human mind and computer intelligence." (Christian Posthoff, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1046 (21), 2004)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • What is Supermentalism?

    Bringsjord, Selmer (et al.)

    Pages 1-48

  • A Refutation of Penrose’s Gödelian Case

    Bringsjord, Selmer (et al.)

    Pages 49-84

  • The Argument from Infinitary Reasoning

    Bringsjord, Selmer (et al.)

    Pages 85-132

  • Supermentalism and the Fall of Church’s Thesis

    Bringsjord, Selmer (et al.)

    Pages 133-170

  • The Zombie Attack on Computationalism

    Bringsjord, Selmer (et al.)

    Pages 171-200

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Superminds
Book Subtitle
People Harness Hypercomputation, and More
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Cognitive Systems
Series Volume
29
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0283-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0283-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1094-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1095-8
Series ISSN
0924-0780
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 339
Topics