Metamagical Themas

Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern
Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0786723866
Category: Psychology
Page: 880
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Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

Die Analogie

Das Herz des Denkens
Author: Douglas Hofstadter,Emmanuel Sander
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608106669
Category: Political Science
Page: 600
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Sie steigen in einen Aufzug, mit dem Sie noch nie zuvor gefahren sind. Wissen Sie, was Sie tun müssen, um nach oben zu kommen? Natürlich – und der Grund dafür sind die Analogien: Der Aufzug funktioniert wie alle anderen Aufzüge. Alles, was wir wissen, setzen wir in Beziehungen und schaffen es dadurch, Ähnlichkeiten zu entdecken, uns im Chaos der Welt zurechtzufinden. Diese Ähnlichkeiten machen wir uns täglich und meist ganz unbewusst im Umgang mit Neuem und Fremdem zunutze. Wie dieses Feuerwerk des Denkens »funktioniert«, das zeigen Douglas Hofstadter, brillanter Autor und Pulitzer-Preisträger, und der Psychologe Emmanuel Sander. Sie nehmen uns mit auf eine abenteuerliche Reise in die Welt der Sprache und des Geistes – und sie zeigen uns, warum Gedanken ohne Einfluss der Vergangenheit undenkbar sind. Ein inspirierendes Lesevergnügen!

DAS SUBSYMBOLISCHE PARADIGMA PAUL SMOLENSKY'S VOR DEM HINTERGRUND DER SYMBOLISMUS VS. KONNEKTIONISMUS DEBATTE


Author: Harald Maurer
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3837083535
Category:
Page: 162
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Das Buch stellt eine leicht uberarbeitete Fassung meiner Magisterarbeit dar, die ich im Fachbereich Philosophie und Wissenschsaftstheorie bei Prof. Dr. Dr. W. Hoering im Wintersemester 2005/06 und im Sommersemester 2006 geschrieben habe. Es gibt erstmals einen umfassenden Uberblick uber die Debatte zwischen der klassichen Symboltheorie i.S. J.A. Fodor's, Z.W. Pylyshyn's und Br. McLaughlin's und dem bedeutensten Vertreter des konnektionistischen Programms in der kunstlichen Intelligenz, Paul Smolensky, der mit seinem sog. Subsymbolischen Paradigma" den Anspruch erhebt, eine alternative und integrative Theorie der Kognition vorzulegen, indem die Theorie der kunstlichen Neuronalen Netzwerke auf die Kognitionswissenschaft angewendet wird. Die Debatte behandelt dabei das Problem der modelltechnischen Realisation von Information, m.a.W. die Beantwortung der Frage: Wie funktioniert die intelligente Informationsverarbeitung des Menschen? Wahrend in der sog. symbolorientierten Klassischen Kunstlichen Intelligenz," dem Symbolismus, interne mentale Reprasentationen als syntaktisch strukturierte Symbole betrachtet werden, wird in der sog. subsymbolorientierten Kunstlichen Intelligenz," dem Konnektionismus, der Begriff der Reprasentation" auf dynamische Vektor- und Tensorkonstruktionen aus der Theorie der Kunstlichen Neuronalen Netzwerke angewendet, sodass man versuchen kann kognitive Funktionen wie Produktivitat, Systematizitat, Kompositionalitat und logische Inferenz auf der Basis einer sog. vektoriellen Form" zu erklaren, d.h. gegrundet im Dynamischen System- und Selbstorganisations-Paradigma."

Können Roboter lügen? (Telepolis)

Essays zur Robotik und Künstlicher Intelligenz
Author: Raúl Rojas
Publisher: Heise Zeitschriften Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 3944099923
Category: Science
Page: 150
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Dieses e-Book bietet dem Leser eine Sammlung von Essays über Kognitionswissenschaften, Mikroelektronik und Robotik, die in den Jahren 2011 bis 2013 in Telepolis erschienen sind. Wenn wir intelligente Maschinen bauen möchten, sollten wir als erstes die Intelligenz der Menschen und anderer Lebewesen unter der Lupe nehmen. So beschäftigen sich die Texte über das menschliche Gehirn mit der Struktur und Vernetzung unseren Neuronen, mit Messungen der neuronalen Aktivität und mit dem "Human Brain Project". Als Informatiker har Rojas seit Jahrzehnten die rasche Entwicklung der Mikroelektronik und die Möglichkeiten, die sie bietet, verfolgt, um intelligentes Verhalten in Maschinen nachzubauen. Das Mooresche Gesetz scheint sich immer wieder selbst am eigenen Schopf aus dem Sumpf zu ziehen, um alle technischen Schwierigkeiten zu überwinden. Milliarden von elektronischen Komponenten verbergen sich bereits in kleinsten Rechenmaschinen. Das Problem ist aber nun ein anderes, nämlich die Energiezufuhr zu garantieren und die übermäßige Wärmeentwicklung unter Kontrolle zu bringen. An der Stelle bleibt das biologische Vorbild immer noch unerreicht. Der dritte Teil über Robotik und KI gibt einen Einblick in die Arbeit, die in den letzten Jahren auf diesem Gebiet geleistet worden ist. Wir wären froh, mit Robotern die Eleganz eines Insekts bei der Bewältigung von Hindernissen zu erreichen. Wir können aber schon heute kleine und große Roboter - z.B. autonome Fahrzeuge - mit kognitiven Architekturen ausstatten, die eine effiziente und nützliche Funktionalität erlauben. Die Kapitel über Roboter, die lügen, bzw. über das Watson-System zeigen die zwei Seiten der Medaille: Wie weit die künstliche Intelligenz gekommen ist und wie weit entfernt sie doch noch vom Ziel bleibt.

Artificial Intelligence

Critical Concepts
Author: Ronald Chrisley,Sander Begeer
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415193320
Category: Artificial intelligence
Page: 500
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The Age of Spiritual Machines

When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Author: Ray Kurzweil
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101077887
Category: Computers
Page: 400
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Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020 (with human-level capabilities not far behind); in relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our road into the next century. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sacred Pain

Hurting the Body for the Sake of the Soul
Author: Ariel Glucklich
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198030409
Category: Religion
Page: 288
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Why would anyone seek out the very experience the rest of us most wish to avoid? Why would religious worshipers flog or crucify themselves, sleep on spikes, hang suspended by their flesh, or walk for miles through scorching deserts with bare and bloodied feet? In this insightful new book, Ariel Glucklich argues that the experience of ritual pain, far from being a form of a madness or superstition, contains a hidden rationality and can bring about a profound transformation of the consciousness and identity of the spiritual seeker. Steering a course between purely cultural and purely biological explanations, Glucklich approaches sacred pain from the perspective of the practitioner to fully examine the psychological and spiritual effects of self-hurting. He discusses the scientific understanding of pain, drawing on research in fields such as neuropsychology and neurology. He also ranges over a broad spectrum of historical and cultural contexts, showing the many ways mystics, saints, pilgrims, mourners, shamans, Taoists, Muslims, Hindus, Native Americans, and indeed members of virtually every religion have used pain to achieve a greater identification with God. He examines how pain has served as a punishment for sin, a cure for disease, a weapon against the body and its desires, or a means by which the ego may be transcended and spiritual sickness healed. "When pain transgresses the limits," the Muslim mystic Mizra Asadullah Ghalib is quoted as saying, "it becomes medicine." Based on extensive research and written with both empathy and critical insight, Sacred Pain explores the uncharted inner terrain of self-hurting and reveals how meaningful suffering has been used to heal the human spirit.

Hidden in Plain Sight

The Social Structure of Irrelevance
Author: Eviatar Zerubavel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199366632
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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Many of us take for granted that what we perceive is a completely accurate representation of the world around us. Yet we have all had the experience of suddenly realizing that the keys or glasses that we had been looking for in vain were right in front of us the whole time. The capacity of our sense organs far exceeds our mental capabilities, and as such, looking at something does not guarantee that we will notice it. Our minds constantly prioritize and organize the information we take in, bringing certain things to the foreground, while letting others - that which we deem irrelevant - recede into the background. What ultimately determines what we perceive, and what we do not? In this fascinating book, noted sociologist Eviatar Zerubavel argues that we perceive things not just as human beings but as social beings. Drawing on fascinating examples from science, the art world, optical illusions, and all walks of life, he shows that what we notice or ignore varies across cultures and throughout history, and illustrates how our environment and our social lives - everything from our lifestyles to our professions to our nationalities - play a role in determining how we actually use our senses to access the world. A subtle yet powerful examination of one of the central features of our conscious life, this book offers a way to think about all that might otherwise remain hidden in plain sight.

Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will


Author: David Hodgson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190208600
Category: Philosophy
Page: 288
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In recent years, philosophical discussions of free will have focused largely on whether or not free will is compatible with determinism. In this challenging book, David Hodgson takes a fresh approach to the question of free will, contending that close consideration of human rationality and human consciousness shows that together they give us free will, in a robust and indeterministic sense. In particular, they give us the capacity to respond appositely to feature-rich gestalts of conscious experiences, in ways that are not wholly determined by laws of nature or computational rules. The author contends that this approach is consistent with what science tells us about the world; and he considers its implications for our responsibility for our own conduct, for the role of retribution in criminal punishment, and for the place of human beings in the wider scheme of things. Praise for David Hodgson's previous work, The Mind Matters "magisterial...It is balanced, extraordinarily thorough and scrupulously fair-minded; and it is written in clear, straightforward, accessible prose." --Michael Lockwood, Times Literary Supplement "an excellent contribution to the literature. It is well written, authoritative, and wonderfully wide-ranging. ... This account of quantum theory ... will surely be of great value. ... On the front cover of the paper edition of this book Paul Davies is quoted as saying that this is "a truly splendid and provocative book". In writing this review I have allowed myself to be provoked, but I am happy to close by giving my endorsement to this verdict in its entirety!" --Euan Squires, Journal of Consciousness Studies "well argued and extremely important book." --Sheena Meredith, New Scientist "His reconstructions and explanations are always concise and clear." --Jeffrey A Barrett, The Philosophical Review "In this large-scale and ambitious work Hodgson attacks a modern orthodoxy. Both its proponents and its opponents will find it compelling reading." --J. R. Lucas, Merton College, Oxford

Artificial Intelligence and Literary Creativity

Inside the Mind of Brutus, A Storytelling Machine
Author: Selmer Bringsjord,David Ferrucci
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1135692459
Category: Psychology
Page: 262
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Is human creativity a wall that AI can never scale? Many people are happy to admit that experts in many domains can be matched by either knowledge-based or sub-symbolic systems, but even some AI researchers harbor the hope that when it comes to feats of sheer brilliance, mind over machine is an unalterable fact. In this book, the authors push AI toward a time when machines can autonomously write not just humdrum stories of the sort seen for years in AI, but first-rate fiction thought to be the province of human genius. It reports on five years of effort devoted to building a story generator--the BRUTUS.1 system. This book was written for three general reasons. The first theoretical reason for investing time, money, and talent in the quest for a truly creative machine is to work toward an answer to the question of whether we ourselves are machines. The second theoretical reason is to silence those who believe that logic is forever closed off from the emotional world of creativity. The practical rationale for this endeavor, and the third reason, is that machines able to work alongside humans in arenas calling for creativity will have incalculable worth.

Philosophy of Biology


Author: Brian Garvey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317493664
Category: Philosophy
Page: 320
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This major new series in the philosophy of science aims to provide a new generation of textbooks for the subject. The series will not only offer fresh treatments of core topics in the theory and methodology of scientific knowledge, but also introductions to newer areas of the discipline. Furthermore, the series will cover topics in current science that raise significant foundational issues both for scientific theory and for philosophy more generally. Biology raises distinct questions of its own not only for philosophy of science, but for metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. This comprehensive new textbook for a rapidly growing field of study provides students new to the subject with an up-to-date presentation of the key philosophical issues. Care is taken throughout to keep the technicalities accessible to the non-biologist but without sacrificing the philosophical subtleties. The first part of the book covers the philosophical challenges posed by evolution and evolutionary biology, beginning with Darwin's central argument in the Origin of the Species. Individual chapters cover natural selection, the selfish gene, alternative units of selection, developmental systems theory, adaptionism and issues in macroevolution. The second part of the book examines philosophical questions arising in connection with biological traits, function, nature and nurture, and biological kinds. The third part of the book examines metaphysical questions, biology's relation with the traditional concerns of philosophy of science, and how evolution has been introduced into epistemological debates. The final part considers the relevance of biology to questions about ethics, religion and human nature.

Designing to Avoid Disaster

The Nature of Fracture-critical Design
Author: Thomas Fisher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 041552735X
Category: Architecture
Page: 253
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Recent catastrophic events, such as the I-35W bridge collapse, New Orleans flooding, the BP oil spill, Port au Prince's destruction by earthquake, Fukushima nuclear plant's devastation by tsunami, the Wall Street investment bank failures, and the housing foreclosure epidemic and the collapse of housing prices, all stem from what author Thomas Fisher calls fracture-critical design. This is design in which structures and systems have so little redundancy and so much interconnectedness and misguided efficiency that they fail completely if any one part does not perform as intended. If we, as architects, planners, engineers, and citizens are to predict and prepare for the next disaster, we need to recognize this error in our thinking and to understand how design thinking provides us with a way to anticipate unintended failures and increase the resiliency of the world in which we live. In Designing to Avoid Disaster, the author discusses the context and cultural assumptions that have led to a number of disasters worldwide, describing the nature of fracture-critical design and why it has become so prevalent. He traces the impact of fracture-critical thinking on everything from our economy and politics to our educational and infrastructure systems to the communities, buildings, and products we inhabit and use everyday. And he shows how the natural environment and human population itself have both begun to move on a path toward a fracture-critical collapse that we need to do everything possible to avoid. We designed our way to such disasters and we can design our way out of them, with a number of possible solutions that Fisher provides.

Writing to Learn

How to Write - and Think - Clearly About Any Subject at All
Author: William Zinsser
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062244698
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 272
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This is an essential book for everyone who wants to write clearly about any subject and use writing as a means of learning.

Zahl und Numerale

eine Untersuchung zur Korrelation konzeptueller und sprachlicher Strukturen
Author: Heike Wiese
Publisher: De Gruyter Akademie Forschung
ISBN: N.A
Category: Grammar, Comparative and general
Page: 389
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Ex Libris

Bekenntnisse einer Bibliomanin
Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783257236460
Category:
Page: 224
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Ideas, Obsessions, Intertexts

A Nonlinear Approach to Russell Hoban's Fiction
Author: Yvonne Studer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783772024405
Category: Children's stories, American
Page: 539
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