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Consciousness and Cognition: Fragments of Mind and Brain Hardcover – April 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0123737342 ISBN-10: 0123737346 Edition: 1st

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"...the volume is well worth reading. The editors should be congratulated for pursuing a different vision about how to transmit knowledge of mind and brain to the public, and to students and colleagues."
Christine Chiarello, in LATERALITY, 13:2, 198-199, Jan 2008
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (April 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123737346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123737342
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 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: #3,800,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book's authors present a general treatment of its subjects, with a minimum of jargon. Think of it perhaps as akin to a Scientific American issue devoted to one topic. The material should be understandable to an educated layperson.

The subjects are all hard. At the boundaries of our understanding. And it is perhaps quite unclear as to when we will adequately reach comprehension. Artificial intelligence is one such subject. Discussed in the context of whether evolution could produce robots. But this is also used to bring in a general coverage of AI. The best efforts in AI are still rudimentary. We are far from producing a sentient gizmo that we can converse with, a la the Turing Test.

Creativity is another subject of the book. Vaguely treated. Very high level and qualitative. Which is an accurate assessment of how well we understand it.
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