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Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science

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Cognitive science approaches the study of mind and intelligence from an interdisciplinary perspective, working at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. With Mind, Paul Thagard offers an introduction to this interdisciplinary field for readers who come to the subject with very different backgrounds. ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 280 pages
Published February 4th 2005 by Bradford Book (first published June 1st 1996)
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Alejandro Ramirez
Sep 15, 2016 Alejandro Ramirez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It seems MIT Press is the publisher to look for in Cognitive Science.

Quite enjoyable beginner’s text book. It covers some aspects that none of the ones I’ve read so far do, such as: emotion, society, and dynamic systems.

Proposes these criteria for evaluating Theories of Mental Representation:

1.Representational Power
2.Computational Power
1.Problem Solving

i. Planning

ii. Decision

iii. Explanation
2.Psychological plausibility
3.Neurological plausibility
4.Practical applicability
Feb 15, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it
Thagard writes an easy to understand introduction to cognitive science, which is exactly what the book's meant to be. The writing style is generally fluid and the material does not generally go beyond what a layman should understand. There are however, certain parts that can be further elaborated upon in order to improve a reader's understanding of the concepts (ex. the differences between rules and logic and mental representations). Thagard's own computational representational understanding of ...more
May 12, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
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Thagard does a great job with this book. I read it for my Intro to Cog course, and while I found some parts were a bit dry at the start (e.g., the sections regarding logic and rules approaches etc.) I really loved the portions about connections, emotion, and consciousness. Overall a pretty clear and concise compilation of the basics. Great read!
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Mar 02, 2014 Nima Vaziri rated it really liked it
A well-rounded introduction to cognitive science. I enjoyed the breakdown between the different aspects of cognitive science and their respective coverage.
Aaron Michaux
Jul 17, 2011 Aaron Michaux rated it really liked it
With exceptional clarity, Thagard gives a concise broad overview of research into strong artificial intelligence. Computer scientists will want something with more substance.
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