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From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots

  • Category: Computer
  • Author: Michael Dawson, Brian Dupuis, Michael Wilson
  • License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • File type: PDF (354 pages, 7.32 MB)

Read and download free eBook intituled From Bricks to Brains: The Embodied Cognitive Science of LEGO Robots in format PDF (354 pages, 7.32 MB) – 448 pages created by Michael Dawson, Brian Dupuis, Michael Wilson.

From Bricks to Brains introduces embodied cognitive science and illustrates its foundational ideas through the construction and observation of LEGO Mindstorms robots.

Discussing the characteristics that distinguish embodied cognitive science from classical cognitive science, the book places a renewed emphasis on sensing and acting, the importance of embodiment, the exploration of distributed notions of control, and the development of theories by synthesizing simple systems and exploring their behavior. Numerous examples are used to illustrate a key theme: the importance of an agent’s environment. Even simple agents, such as LEGO robots, are capable of exhibiting complex behavior when they can sense and affect the world around them.

Michael Dawson is a professor of psychology at the University of Alberta. He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as the books Understanding Cognitive Science (1998), Minds and Machines (2004), and Connectionism: A Hands-on Approach (2005).

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