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Software and Mind: The Mechanistic Myth and Its Consequences

  • Category: Computer
  • Author: Andrei Sorin
  • License: CC BY-ND 4.0
  • Pages: 944 pages
  • File type: PDF (944 pages, 7.4 MB) and PDF files

Read and download free eBook intituled Software and Mind: The Mechanistic Myth and Its Consequences in format PDF (944 pages, 7.4 MB) and PDF files – 944 pages created by Andrei Sorin.

Addressing general readers as well as software practitioners, this book discusses the fallacies of the mechanistic ideology and the degradation of minds caused by these fallacies. Mechanism holds that every aspect of the world can be represented as a simple hierarchical structure of entities. But, while useful in fields like mathematics and manufacturing, this idea is generally worthless, because most aspects of the world are too complex to be reduced to simple structures.

Our software-related affairs, in particular, cannot be represented in this fashion. And yet, all programming theories and development systems, and all software applications, attempt to reduce real-world problems to neat hierarchical structures of data, operations, and features.

Using Karl Popper’s famous principles of demarcation between science and pseudoscience, the book shows that the mechanistic ideology has turned most of our software-related activities into pseudoscientific pursuits.

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