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How Can the Human Mind Occur in the Physical Universe?
"The question for me is how can the human mind occur in the physical universe. We now know that the world is governed by physics. We now understand the way biology nestles comfortably within that. The issue is how will the mind do that as well."--Allen Newell, December 4, 1991, Carnegie Mellon University The argument John Anderson gives in this book was inspired by the pas ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published August 17th 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published July 18th 2007)
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The title is thrilling. And Anderson is approaching it as a scientific question. Great.. He warms up with an academic survey on models to represent brains and intelligent behavior. Warning: this may put your mind to sleep. Deep sleep. But you will jump from the chair before the end of this book. Because at chapter 5 he suggests that high school Algebra make us humans. Damn. It differentiates us from other primates and is easier for scientists to model and to quantify performance (if compared to ...more