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Hardcover: 600 pages
Publisher: North Holland; 1 edition (December 22, 2000)
This is the fourth book by August Stern where he makes a compelling argument for the fundamental unity of logical and physical processes. As a result of this unified model he is able to then explore cognitive processes (logic, implication, learning) at the same level in which we explore fundamental processes of physics. Additionally, he points out that quantum theory and the associated quantum logic are not enough to model cognitive processes. He asserts these are necessary, but how do cognitive processes result from physical processes? He proposes a new matrix logic model that takes into account modern physical theory and cognitive theory. He observes that the physics behind quantum logic requires reversibility, but thought is not necessarily reversible. Simply said, how many of us can unthink a thought that we have already thought? He also goes on to use this mathematical model to make predictions that are worth trying to explore. He gives explanations based on sound physics and the material is not for one who has a faint heart. One could wish that he would go a bit deeper into the details, but then the book would become a treatise on modern string theory and quantum field theory as well. I recommend a strong background in physics and logic to get a full appreciation of the concepts. In any case it is a fascinating read. I would recommend it to anyone interested in cognitive processes particularly modelling them, and if you have a willingness to do the mathematics then you will get more out of it.
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