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Metamagical Themas

Metamagical Themas

Questing For The Essence Of Mind And Pattern

  • Author: Douglas Hofstadter
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0786723866
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 880
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Hofstadter's collection of quirky essays is unified by its primary concern: to examine the way people perceive and think.

Human and Machine Perception 2

Human and Machine Perception 2

Emergence, Attention, and Creativity

  • Author: Virginio Cantoni,Vito di Gesù,Alessandra Setti,Domenico Tegolo
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 1461548098
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 222
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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.

Artificial Life

Artificial Life

Proceedings Of An Interdisciplinary Workshop On The Synthesis And Simulation Of Living Systems

  • Author: Christopher Langton
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0429688997
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 700
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"In September 1987, the first workshop on Artificial Life was held at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Jointly sponsored by the Center for Nonlinear Studies, the Santa Fe Institute, and Apple Computer Inc, the workshop brought together 160 computer scientists, biologists, physicists, anthropologists, and other assorted ""-ists,"" all of whom shared a common interest in the simulation and synthesis of living systems. During five intense days, we saw a wide variety of models of living systems, including mathematical models for the origin of life, self-reproducing automata, computer programs using the mechanisms of Darwinian evolution to produce co-adapted ecosystems, simulations of flocking birds and schooling fish, the growth and development of artificial plants, and much, much more The workshop itself grew out of my frustration with the fragmented nature of the literature on biological modeling and simulation. For years I had prowled around libraries, shifted through computer-search results, and haunted bookstores, trying to get an overview of a field which I sensed existed but which did not seem to have any coherence or unity. Instead, I literally kept stumbling over interesting work almost by accident, often published in obscure journals if published at all."

Consciousness Explained

Consciousness Explained

  • Author: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141956100
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 528
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This book revises the traditional view of consciousness by claiming that Cartesianism and Descartes' dualism of mind and body should be replaced with theories from the realms of neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence. What people think of as the stream of consciousness is not a single, unified sequence, the author argues, but "multiple drafts" of reality composed by a computer-like "virtual machine". Dennett considers how consciousness could have evolved in human beings and confronts the classic mysteries of consciousness: the nature of introspection, the self or ego and its relation to thoughts and sensations, and the level of consciousness of non-human creatures.

TABLETOP: AN EMERGENT, STOCHASTIC COMPUTER MODEL OF ANALOGY-MAKING (INTELLIGENCE MODELING).

TABLETOP: AN EMERGENT, STOCHASTIC COMPUTER MODEL OF ANALOGY-MAKING (INTELLIGENCE MODELING).

  • Author: ROBERT MATTHEW FRENCH
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Liars and Outliers

Liars and Outliers

Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive

  • Author: Bruce Schneier
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1118239016
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
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In today's hyper-connected society, understanding the mechanisms of trust is crucial. Issues of trust are critical to solving problems as diverse as corporate responsibility, global warming, and the political system. In this insightful and entertaining book, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological sciences to explain how society induces trust. He shows the unique role of trust in facilitating and stabilizing human society. He discusses why and how trust has evolved, why it works the way it does, and the ways the information society is changing everything.

Sacred Pain

Sacred Pain

Hurting the Body for the Sake of the Soul

  • Author: Ariel Glucklich
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198030409
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 288
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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.

Alan Moore on His Work and Career

Alan Moore on His Work and Career

  • Author: Bill Baker
  • Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • ISBN: 9781404210776
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 110
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Interview with graphic novelist Alan Moore.

Contagious Metaphor

Contagious Metaphor

  • Author: Peta Mitchell
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441104216
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 208
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The metaphor of contagion pervades critical discourse across the humanities, the medical sciences, and the social sciences. It appears in such terms as 'social contagion' in psychology, 'financial contagion' in economics, 'viral marketing' in business, and even 'cultural contagion' in anthropology. In the twenty-first century, contagion, or 'thought contagion' has become a byword for creativity and a fundamental process by which knowledge and ideas are communicated and taken up, and resonates with André Siegfried's observation that 'there is a striking parallel between the spreading of germs and the spreading of ideas'. In Contagious Metaphor, Peta Mitchell offers an innovative, interdisciplinary study of the metaphor of contagion and its relationship to the workings of language. Examining both metaphors of contagion and metaphor as contagion, Contagious Metaphor suggests a framework through which the emergence and often epidemic-like reproduction of metaphor can be better understood.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Critical Concepts

  • Author: Ronald Chrisley,Sander Begeer
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 9780415193320
  • Category: Artificial intelligence
  • Page: 500
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