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Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Science of the Mind

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This exciting textbook introduces students to the dynamic vibrant area of Cognitive Science - the scientific study of the mind and cognition. Cognitive Science draws upon many academic disciplines, including Psychology, Computer Science, Philosophy, Linguistics and Neuroscience. This is the first textbook to present a unified view of Cognitive Science as a discipline in it ...more
Hardcover, 492 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published August 5th 2010)
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Lindsay Boldon
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I understand why some people didn't rate this book too highly, as it's rather intimidating if you don't have a background with AI or supplemental resources that you can pull from in order to better understand/relate to. It might help to read Haugeland, Turing, and Newell before studying this book.

I'd say this textbook is about average, I'm rating it with an additional star as I appreciated how interdisciplinary it is.
If you want a book in which you will learn very little about Cognitive Science, but a whole lot of confusing details about AI, then this is the book for you. I hated reading this book, the writer assumes that you know everything about Cognitive Science and uses technical jargon throughout. Not for an introductory course, which is what I took.
Risto Saarelma
Oct 10, 2017 marked it as unread
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Really frustrating experience. Do not recommend. There's a very accurate review/summary over on lesswrong (

I learned plenty from the book, but as So8res in the above review puts it, "the book was a lot of noise with very little signal". It could easily have been half the length. The target audience (if the author indeed intended one at all) is pitched far too low. His use and placement of diagrams indicates to me only that he knows textbooks like this sh
Maciej Siwek
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Read only one chapter of the book, for Uni classes but it's pretty neat. Written in simple language, explains a lot about basics of Cognitive Science.
Pedro Carvalho
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting but very trivial.
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José Luis Bermúdez is Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, where he previously served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and as Associate Provost for Strategic Planning. Before joining Texas A&M in 2010 he was Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Programs in Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington Univer ...more
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