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Goodbye, Descartes: The End of Logic and the Search for a New Cosmology of the Mind

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Keith Devlin chronicles scientists' centuries-old quest to discover the laws of thought, from the astonishingly adept efforts of the ancient Greeks, to the invention of the first primitive "thinking machine" in the late nineteenth century, to radical findings that are challenging the very notion that the mind follows logical rules.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 19th 1998 by Wiley (first published 1997)
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Guy
Sep 02, 2009 Guy rated it it was ok
Promises much more than it delivers and a bit of a hodge-podge that could have used a better editor. Basically the central argument of the book boils down to the following:

o the reductionist, mathematical approach that came from the Greek schools of logic and that has been so successful in science and technology has failed pretty comprehensively in (at least) two important fields: human communication and human reasoning.
o the primary difference between these two fields and those in which reducti
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Seth Vogt
Mar 16, 2013 Seth Vogt rated it really liked it
I'm fascinated by this subject... programming consciousness.
Joye
Jan 04, 2014 Joye rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book about the history of logic in the Western culture and, how do humans really think and communicate? I was impressed as to how complicated we really are when our thoughts, language and behavior is broken down logically and mathematically. This book makes one skeptical whether Alan Turing's test of a true AI can ever be achievd.
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Feb 25, 2015 John Fredrickson rated it really liked it
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Very interesting book, though it got tough to stay with at the end. This was an unusual book on logic, written from the perspective of its use with language and the human mind. Not the book I would have expected from a mathematician, but excellent nonetheless.
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Feb 28, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
Important. I categorize books like this under apologetics, not because they are written from a biblical perspective but because the reason I am reading them is to make sense of the world in which we present the gospel.
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Dr. Keith Devlin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the university's H-STAR institute, a Consulting Professor in the Department of Mathematics, a co-founder of the Stanford Media X research network, and a Senior Researcher at CSLI. He is a World Economic Forum Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His current research is focused on the use of ...more
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