The Future of the Cognitive Revolution

The Future of the Cognitive Revolution

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The basic idea of the particular way of understanding mental phenomena that has inspired the qcognitive revolutionq is that, as a result of certain relatively recent intellectual and technological innovations, informed theorists now possess a more powerfully insightful comparison or model for mind than was available to any thinkers in the past. The model in question is that of software, or the list of rules for input, output, and internal transformations by which we determine and control the workings of a computing machine's hardware. Although this comparison and its many implications have dominated work in the philosophy, psychology, and neurobiology of mind since the end of the Second World War, it now shows increasing signs of losing its once virtually unquestioned preeminence. Thus we now face the question of whether it is possible to repair and save this model by means of relatively inessential qtinkeringq, or whether we must reconceive it fundamentally and replace it with something different. In this book, twenty-eight leading scholars from diverse fields of qcognitive scienceq-linguistics, psychology, neurophysiology, and philosophy- present their latest, carefully considered judgements about what they think will be the future course of this intellectual movement, that in many respects has been a watershed in our contemporary struggles to comprehend that which is crucially significant about human beings. Jerome Bruner, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Boden, Ulric Neisser, Rom Harre, Merlin Donald, among others, have all written chapters in a non-technical style that can be enjoyed and understood by an inter-disciplinary audience of psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, linguists, and cognitive scientists alike.Brighton: The Harvester Press. Boden, M. 1980. ... Carmichaela#39;s Manual of Child Psychology, vol. 1. New York: Wiley. ... aquot;Frame-system theory, aquot; in P.N. Johnson- Laird and P.C. Wason, Thinking: Readings in Cognitive Science. Cambridge:anbsp;...

Title:The Future of the Cognitive Revolution
Author: David Johnson Associate Professor of Philosophy York University, Christina Erneling Senior Lecturer in Psychology Umea University
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1997-03-26

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