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Speaking Minds: Interviews With Twenty Eminent Cognitive Scientists Hardcover – April 3, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1St Edition edition (April 3, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691036780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691036786
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,644,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

An invaluable accompaniment to a standard text and an excellent educated layman's introduction to some of the more computational issues in the science of the mind. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From The New Yorker

Enough food for thought to satisfy the most hungry of intellects. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
The editors explain in their Introduction to this 1995 book, "The idea for a collection of interviews with notable cognitive scientists originated as early as 1989... During our stay in Berkeley we had the invaluable opportunity to meet many scientists of different disciplines... We were deeply impressed by the commitment, intensity, and quality of the interdisciplinary discourse. This dynamic personal discussion seemed to us... much more concrete and powerful than the more general and often more moderate and balanced considerations in the written publications of the same scientists... The next best thing, we thought, would be a personal talk with each these scientists... With this goal in mind, we set out to organize the interviews for this book." The book contains lengthy interviews with some of the "heavyweight" figures in the current Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science area: Patricia and Paul Churchland; Daniel Dennett; Jerry Fodor; George Lakoff; Hilary Putnam; John Searle; Terrence Sejnowski, etc.

After identifying the sciences that are important for cognitive science (Experimental psychology, linguistics, psychophysics, neuropsychology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, developmental psychology, and molecular biology), Patricia Churchland adds, "Philosophy, because we badly need to synthesize and theorize and ask the questions everyone else is either too embarrassed or too focused to ask." (Pg. 25-26)

John Searle argues, "today very few people defend strong Artificial Intelligence. Of course, they do not say that they have changed their mind, but they have. I do not hear as many extreme versions of strong Artificial Intelligence as I used to...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zmee on July 13, 2008
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Overall - Excellent Read!

For a little background, I used this book as an introduction to cognitive science as part of an undergraduate, self-study, artificial intelligence course. As a result of this book, I now have a greater appreciation for what AI is, I know why it is generally looked down upon by those outside of the field, and I still got a good overview of cognitive science.

While this book is a little dated (the interviewees talk a lot about connectionism), it is an excellent way to understand the history of AI and cognitive science. It is also quite nice to see some of the participants criticize each other presenting two side to an argument (particularly Dreyfus and Newell on the progress & future of AI).

As a result of this book, I have a much better appreciation for cognitive scientists in general and AI researchers specifically. I think this should be on the short list for any aspiring AI researcher.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1997
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It was an thoroughly interesting read. The book touches on everything cog sci.
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