This engagingly written introduction to the cognitive sciences examines the historical and contemporary issues and research findings of the core cognitive science disciplines, including cognitive psychology, neuroscience, language, philosophy, and artificial intelligence. For each of the core disciplines of cognitive science, the historical development and classic research studies are presented in one chapter and current research development and issues follow in a second chapter. The student is given insight into the way each discipline has contributed to the growth of cognitive science and what directions research is taking in the future. This text assumes no background on the part of the reader.

Setting the Stage for Artificial Intelligence

Setting the stage for artificial intelligence

My parents were writers, and my earliest memories include the tapping of typewriter keys after I had been tucked into bed and was drifting off to sleep. In the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, when my parents were working most fruitfully, the sound of their typewriters was a constant in our home. Much thought went into each correction and revision: how to say this more clearly, how to express that most felicitously. The human faculties of logic, reason, imagination, sensitivity to linguistic nuance—all of these were ...

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