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Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Physical Computation and Cognitive Science

Authors: Fresco, Nir

  • Promotes a clear understanding of concrete digital computation
  • Establishes the fundamental role of computation in modern cognitive science, while rejecting the extrinsically representational nature of computation
  • Critically analyzes several accounts of digital computation and proposes for the first time the instructional information processing account
  • Makes a significant contribution to the fields of computational cognitive science and the philosophy of cognition
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This book presents a study of digital computation in contemporary cognitive science. Digital computation is a highly ambiguous concept, as there is no common core definition for it in cognitive science. Since this concept plays a central role in cognitive theory, an adequate cognitive explanation requires an explicit account of digital computation. More specifically, it requires an account of how digital computation is implemented in physical systems. The main challenge is to deliver an account encompassing the multiple types of existing models of computation without ending up in pancomputationalism, that is, the view that every physical system is a digital computing system. This book shows that only two accounts, among the ones examined by the author, are adequate for explaining physical computation. One of them is the instructional information processing account, which is developed here for the first time.

"This book provides a thorough and timely analysis of differing accounts of computation while advancing the important role that information plays in understanding computation. Fresco’s two-pronged approach will appeal to philosophically inclined computer scientists who want to better understand common theoretical claims in cognitive science.”

Marty J. Wolf, Professor of Computer Science, Bemidji State University

“An original and admirably clear discussion of central issues in the foundations of contemporary cognitive science.”

Frances Egan, Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Setting the Stage: Computation in Cognitive Science

    Fresco, Nir

    Pages 1-31

  • An Analysis of the Adequacy Criteria for Evaluating Accounts of Computation

    Fresco, Nir

    Pages 33-55

  • Starting at the Beginning: Turing’s Account Examined

    Fresco, Nir

    Pages 57-78

  • The Triviality “Account” Examined

    Fresco, Nir

    Pages 79-95

  • Semantic Accounts of Computation Examined

    Fresco, Nir

    Pages 97-132

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physical Computation and Cognitive Science
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-41375-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-41375-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-41374-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-50943-2
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 229
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
Topics