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Mind, Body, World: Foundations of Cognitive Science

  • Category: Computer
  • Author: Michael R.W. Dawson
  • License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA
  • Pages: 520 pages
  • File type: PDF files, and a single PDF (506 pages, 4.1 MB)

Read and download free eBook intituled Mind, Body, World: Foundations of Cognitive Science in format PDF files, and a single PDF (506 pages, 4.1 MB) – 520 pages created by Michael R.W. Dawson.

Intended to introduce both graduate and senior undergraduate students to the, foundations of cognitive science, this book addresses a number of questions currently being asked by those practicing in the field of cognitive science: What are the relationships between these different sets of core assumptions? Is there only one cognitive science, or are there many different cognitive sciences? Giving the schools equal treatment and displaying a broad and deep understanding of the field, Dawson highlights the fundamental tensions and lines of fragmentation that exist among the schools and provides a refreshing and unifying framework for students of cognitive science.

Cognitive science arose in the 1950s when it became apparent that a number of disciplines, including psychology, computer science, linguistics, and philosophy, were fragmenting. Perhaps owing to the field’s immediate origins in cybernetics, as well as to the foundational assumption that cognition is information processing, cognitive science initially seemed more unified than psychology. However, as a result of differing interpretations of the foundational assumption and dramatically divergent views of the meaning of the term information processing, three separate schools emerged: classical cognitive science, connectionist cognitive science, and embodied cognitive science.

Examples, cases, and research findings taken from the wide range of phenomena studied by cognitive scientists effectively explain and explore the relationship among the three perspectives.

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