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By John Haugeland

ISBN-10: 0262081539

ISBN-13: 9780262081535

The concept human pondering and laptop computing are "radically an analogous" offers the valuable topic for this marvelously lucid and witty ebook on what synthetic intelligence is all approximately. even though provided totally in nontechnical

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Epistemological' means having to do with know ledge or the theory of k n owledge Epistemological . sk e pticism is the infamous philosophical stance of doubting whether w e can ever really know anyth i ng, A classic line goes like this: Given that our senses are often unreliable (we are fooled by illusions. ) and that even o u r most careful reasonings sometimes go astray, then how can we know for sure, at any particular moment. that we are not being fooled or irrational right then? But if we coul d never know that, we could never know anything.

NONCAUSAL OBJECTS: I can think of the number eleven, and mean it; yet the number eleven itself has never caused anything. " Milld effects. And what about abstractions: has the species raccoon caused a nything not caused by individual raccoons? None of this argues that cau sal factors couldn't form pan of a more el � borate a pproach to original meaning; indeed, much current work is along such l i ne s - bu t incorporates ideas not available to Hobbes. Now obviously the meaningfulness of thoughts themselves cannot be explained in the same way; for that would be to say that the meanings of our thoughts derive from the meanings of our thoughts, which is circular.

And then recognized the general point: any number of di fferent notations might be equally suitable for representing any number of different subject matters. This point about solving problems has two subtle but important corollaries. First, it wouldn't do to get just a few scattered problems right, while giving silly (or no) results on others, for then the occasional successes would seem like mere flukes (or even hoaxes). In other words the notation-cum-problem-solving-method must form an illte gratf'd system that can be used systematically and reliably in a well-defined area.

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