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Read online Kinds of Minds: Towards an Understanding of Consciousness.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Kinds of Minds: Towards an Understanding of Consciousness Combining ideas from philosophy artificial intelligence and neurobiology Daniel Dennett leads the reader on a fascinating journey of inquiry exploring such intriguing possibilities as Can any of us really know what is going on in someone else s mind What distinguishes the human mind from the minds of animals especially those capable of complex behavior If such animals for instance were magically given the power of language would their communities evolve an intelligence as subtly discriminating as ours Will robots once they have been endowed with sensory systems like those that provide us with experience ever exhibit the particular traits long thought to distinguish the human mind including the ability to think about thinking Dennett addresses these questions from an evolutionary perspective Beginning with the macromolecules of DNA and RNA the author shows how step by step animal life moved from the simple ability to respond to frequently recurring environmental conditions to much more powerful ways of beating the odds ways of using patterns of past experience to predict the future in never before encountered situations Whether talking about robots whose video camera eyes give us the powerful illusion that there is somebody in there or asking us to consider whether spiders are just tiny robots mindlessly spinning their webs of elegant design Dennett is a master at finding and posing questions sure to stimulate and even distu by Daniel C. Dennett

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Kinds of Minds: Towards an Understanding of Consciousness
Title:Kinds of Minds: Towards an Understanding of Consciousness
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Number of Pages:192
Category:Philosophy, Science, Psychology, Non fiction, Neuroscience
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