Metamagical Themas

Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780786723867
Release Date: 2008-08-04
Genre: Psychology

Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

Die Analogie

Author: Douglas Hofstadter
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 9783608106664
Release Date: 2014-03-24
Genre: Political Science

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!

Konnektionismus

Author: Georg Dorffner
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783322946652
Release Date: 2013-04-17
Genre: Technology & Engineering


Patterns of Dis Order

Author: Anna-Sophie Jürgens
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783643907868
Release Date: 2017-04
Genre: Religion

[Text is in German] Patterns of Dis|Order erforscht die Facetten und Produktivitaet des Wissens um Un|Ordnung. Die Beitraege dieses Bandes thematisieren Un|Ordnung nicht nur als einen wissenschaftlichen und k�nstlerischen (Schoepfungs-) Prozess, sondern auch als sein Gegenteil. Sie diskutieren den Menschen als Stoerfaktor fuer eine ideale Ordnung und ihre Bedingung sowie die Frage, wie Ordnungssysteme und Wissensordnungen konstituiert, stabilisiert und irritiert werden. Das Rauschen - den Strich - in der Un|Ordnung zu beobachten und die Grenze zwischen beiden (mit zu) denken, ist hierbei ein besonderes Ziel der Autoren dieses Buches, das erste Ansaetze fuer eine interdisziplinaere Kulturgeschichte der Un|Ordnung vorschlaegt. Markus Wierschem lehrt Amerikanistik u. Didaktik an der Universitaet Paderborn. Er promoviert zur Trias von Gewalt, Mythos und Entropie im apokalyptischen Romanwerk Cormac McCarthys. Anna-Sophie Juergens promovierte zur "Poetik des Zirkus" (Komparatistik) an der LMU Muenchen. Gef�rdert von der Humboldt-Stiftung arbeitet sie derzeit als Postdoc an der Australian National University, Canberra.

Human and Machine Perception 2

Author: Virginio Cantoni
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461548096
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Computers

The following are the proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Human and Machine Perception held in Pavia, Italy, on September 14 -17, 1998. This edition has been under the auspices of two Institutions: the Cybernetic and Biophysics Group (GNCB) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Centro Interdipartimentale di Scienze Cognitive, of Pavia University and the Centro Interdipartimentale Tecnologie della Conoscenza, of Palermo University. A wide spectrum of topics is covered in this series, ranging from computer perception to psychology and physiology of perception, for analysing and comparing biological and artificial approaches. The theme of this workshop was focused on "Emergence, Attention and Creativity". The workshop structure consisted of five modules each one composed of two invited lectures (dealing with solutions in nature and machines respectively) and a panel discussion. The lectures focused on presenting the state-of-the-art and outlining open questions. In particular, they sought to stress links, suggesting possible synergies between different cultural areas. The panel discussion was conceived as a forum for an open debate, briefly introduced by each panellist, and mainly aimed at deeper investigation for the different approaches and strictly related topics. The panellists were asked to prepare a few statements on hot-points, which were delivered in advance to the participants as a guide for a qualified discussion.

K nnen Roboter l gen Telepolis

Author: Raúl Rojas
Publisher: Heise Zeitschriften Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783944099927
Release Date: 2013-05-30
Genre: Science

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.

Ex Libris

Author: Anne Fadiman
Publisher:
ISBN: 3257236468
Release Date: 2007
Genre:


The Age of Spiritual Machines

Author: Ray Kurzweil
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101077883
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Computers

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.

Rationality Consciousness Free Will

Author: David Hodgson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190208608
Release Date: 2012-01-04
Genre: Philosophy

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

Hidden in Plain Sight

Author: Eviatar Zerubavel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199366637
Release Date: 2015-03-13
Genre: Social Science

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.

Sacred Pain

Author: Ariel Glucklich
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199839490
Release Date: 2003-10-30
Genre: Religion

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.

Metamagicum

Author: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Publisher:
ISBN: 342330426X
Release Date: 1994
Genre: