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Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science Paperback – December 21, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-0195138573 ISBN-10: 0195138570

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"A lively whirlwind tour of emerging issues in cognitive science. Definitely a 'no-holds-barred journey' that engages the reader immediately and is sure to challenge students and researchers alike. The numerous recommendations for further reading and the appendix on consciousness are great bonuses."--Bryan Benham, University of Utah

"A good and easy introduction to cognitive science."-- Piero Scaruffi, Thymos.com

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Andy Clark is at University of Sussex, England.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195138570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195138573
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.7 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R.B. on January 28, 2004
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This book was recommended to me by a cognitive scientist researcher at my university as the single best thing I could read to obtain an up-to-date overview of what's going on in cognitive science. The book lived up to this promise. I found it an excellent, scientifically and philosophically informed, treatment of this topic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Funkhouser on November 24, 2007
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First, let me say, I took so much from this book. I'm a cognitive science major myself and there were ideas in this book that hadn't ever come to my attention. I would like to say, however, that the chapter on connectionism didn't do the topic justice. Also, the book's chapters on the whole tend to mesh together to build up to the author's personal philosophical paradigm, extended mind hypothesis and largely embodied cognition (which is what most cognitive scientists believe). I find that in doing this, however, the reader misses out on the history and therefore context that these competing paradigms share.

Second, although this is a great book, I'm not sure I could recommend it to a layman audience. For that reason (not being as the title says, an introduction) I deducted one star from the review. However, if there's any philosophers of the mind, psychologists, biologists, or just curious people out there, I'd recommend this book to read for cognitive science (also, it helps a lot, for undergrad cog sci majors to give this a read before entering into your first cogs class).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fahd Alhazmi on April 13, 2014
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I am a student of cognitive science and I am well familiar with the basic problems and issues in cognitive science. I found this book as a great overview over the current approaches to the study of mind and cognition.

What I liked about this book is the broader treatment of topics through the discussion sections. It presents a review of the criticisms and shortcomings in a scholarly and vivid narrative. Furthermore, it presents suggested readings following the discussions which I find very useful for researchers and scientists who find themselves interested in certain segment of the book.

Other thing I liked about the book is that the author presents his own view in the last chapter of the book after reviewing the other views in the preceding chapters. So the author has his own research program but I don't think it affected or manipulated the presentation of other research programs.

Though the title suggests that it is an introductory text and thus accessible to laymen, I don't believe so. It not a matter of hardness, but it just takes time to follow up. But if you are already familiar with the topic and read few books on mind or brain, I think it would be an accessible and thought-provoking text.
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By chung hsieh on August 27, 2015
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excellent!
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