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Author Fresco, Nir, author

Title Physical computation and cognitive science / Nir Fresco
Published Heidelberg : Springer, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 229 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics, 2192-6255 ; volume 12
Studies in applied philosophy, epistemology and rational ethics ; v. 12. 2192-6255
Contents Setting the Stage: Computation in Cognitive Science -- An Analysis of the Adequacy Criteria for Evaluating Accounts of Computation -- Starting at the Beginning: Turing?s Account Examined -- The Triviality?Account? Examined -- Semantic Accounts of Computation Examined -- Computation as Information Processing -- Causal and Functional Accounts of Computation Examined -- Computation Revisited in the Context of Cognitive Science
Summary This book presents a study of digital computation in contemporary cognitive science. Digital computation is a highly ambiguous concept, as there is no common core definition for it in cognitive science. Since this concept plays a central role in cognitive theory, an adequate cognitive explanation requires an explicit account of digital computation. More specifically, it requires an account of how digital computation is implemented in physical systems. The main challenge is to deliver an account encompassing the multiple types of existing models of computation without ending up in pancomputationalism, that is, the view that every physical system is a digital computing system. This book shows that only two accounts, among the ones examined by the author, are adequate for explaining physical computation. One of them is the instructional information processing account, which is developed here for the first time
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed October 14, 2013)
Subject Computational intelligence.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3642413749
3642413757 (electronic bk.)
9783642413759 (electronic bk.)