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Conceptual Atomism and the Computational Theory of Mind: A defense of content-internalism and semantic externalism (Advances in Consciousness Research) Hardcover – August 23, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-9027252050 ISBN-10: 902725205X

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  • Hardcover: 541 pages
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company (August 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 902725205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9027252050
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,913,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some systems (e.g. clouds) consist of parts that do not exchange information with one another. (Water molecules do not intercommunicate.) Other systems (e.g. the stock market) consist of parts that do exchange information with one another. (Stock-brokers do intercommunicate.) Given a system of the second kind, to what extent is it possible to make principled predictions about that system from within that system? This is the question that I am currently trying to answer. The answer to it, whatever it might turn out to be, is to be understood in terms of the following principles. (1) Information must be encrypted if it is to be stored. (It must be written down, photographed, etc., and the corresponding inscriptions, etc. must be encoded in brainwaves, electrical activity, etc.) (2) There are many different ways of encrypting a given piece of information. (3) Information-transmission involves information-degradation. (4) Information cannot be transmitted instantaneously. (5) A given body of information changes more slowly than the events with which that body of data is concerned. (6) If a given body of information is itself a constituent of the system of events with which it is concerned, it affects that system. (7) When beliefs concern systems to which they themselves belong, those beliefs tend to be false, as opposed to merely inaccurate, and they also tend to be unprincipled, as opposed to merely false.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mac Urban on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kuczynki's book has many virtues, and a couple of vices.

First, his analyses are swift and breathtaking. The rigor of his writing is immediatly apparent. It commands respect. And his command of the literature is astounding.

There are two problems with his book.

First, it is too long, and it is too loaded with footnotes. One worries that there may be some reducancy with a book this long.

The main problem with his book is that it does not exhibt unity. There is not a sense that Chapters connect up in such a way that we have a unifed manuscript.

Still, I would recommend this book. Selected Chapters from his book could be usefully used for upper-divsion courses in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychology.
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