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Feb 1998
ISBN 0262540908
424 pp.
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Brainchildren
Daniel C. Dennett

Minds are complex artifacts, partly biological and partly social; only a unified, multidisciplinary approach will yield a realistic theory of how they came into existence and how they work. One of the foremost workers in this multidisciplinary field is Daniel Dennett. This book brings together his essays on the philosphy of mind, artificial intelligence, and cognitive ethology that appeared in inaccessible journals from 1984 to 1996. Highlights include "Can Machines Think?," "The Unimagined Preposterousness of Zombies," "Artificial Life as Philosophy," and "Animal Consciousness: What Matters and Why." Collected in a single volume, the essays are now available to a wider audience.

Table of Contents
 Preface
I Philosophy of Mind
1 Can Machines Think?
2 Speaking for Our Selves
by with Nicholas Humphrey
3 Do-It-Yourself Understanding
4 Two Contrasts: Folk Craft versus Folk Science, and Belief versus Opinion
5 Real Patterns
6 Julian Jaynes's Software Archeology
7 Real Consciousness
8 Instead of Qualia
9 The Practical Requirements for Making a Conscious Robot
10 The Unimagined Preposterousness of Zombies: Commentary on Moody, Flanagan, and Polger
II Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life
11 Cognitive Wheels: The Frame Problem of AI
12 Producing Future by Telling Stories
13 The Logical Geography of Computational Approaches: A View from the East Pole
14 Hofstadter's Quest: A Tale of Cognitive Pursuit
15 Foreword to Robert French, The Subtlety of Sameness
16 Cognitive Science as Reverse Engineering: Several Meanings of "Top-Down" and "Bottom-Up"
17 Artificial Life as Philosophy
18 When Philosophers Encounter Artificial Intelligence
19 Review of Allen Newell, Unified Theories of Cognition
III Ethology, Animal Mind
20 Out of the Armchair and into the Field
21 Cognitive Ethology: Hunting for Bargins or a Wild Goose Chase
22 Do Animals Have Beliefs?
23 Why Creative Intelligence Is Hard to Find: Commentary on Whiten and Byrne
24 Animal Consciousness: What Matters and Why
IV Standing Back
25 Self-Portrait
26 Information, Technology, and the Virtues of Ignorance
 Bibliography
 Index
 
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