On the whole, Johnson's book is an excellent choice for any philosopher seeking to understand what it is like to navigate moral terrain with the eye of a cognitive scientist
, or for any cognitive scientist
wishing to apply his knowledge to pragmatist ethics.
Cognitive Literary Studies: Current Themes and New Directions intends to demonstrate that "just as the study of mind is becoming an evocative new way to approach the problems of literary analysis, so too are literary studies becoming interesting and useful to scientists" (viii), which is clearly evidenced in the collaboration between literary scholars and cognitive scientists
presented in this volume.
Nine tutorials provided methodological and in some cases hands-on introductions to state-of-the-art techniques, many of them aimed at facilitating the cross-field interaction of computer and cognitive scientists
with the goal of improving modeling capabilities.
This has resulted in a curious alignment in the history of knowledge whereby literary critics and cognitive scientists
seem to share the same terms of art.
For many cognitive scientists
, reincarnation makes no sense, since the mind is considered simply as a function of the brain, which itself decomposes along with the rest of the body at death.
Yet even if one disagrees with his overall tenet--massive modularity--this book offers a well-grounded account of the structure and relations of several cognitive systems, which should also intrigue cognitive scientists
and trigger critical responses.
have shown experimentally that to understand even the simplest utterance, we must perform these and other incredibly complex forms of thought automatically and without noticeable effort below the level of consciousness.
opposes Descartes's mindbody dualism, he also opposes the materialist reduction of mind to neurophysiology that he finds in Antonio Damasio and many other cognitive scientists
Bandura (1977, 1997), among other cognitive scientists
, posits that although we are born with "elemental reflexes and genetically influenced behavior potentialities" (p.
An interdisciplinary title, "Computational Intelligence & Neuroscience" is targeted to neuroscientists, cognitive scientists
, engineers, psychologists, physicists and computer scientists and is designed to offer content that "bridges the gap" between neuroscience, engineering and artificial intelligence.
In addition to the many popular cognitive scientists
who have extended the discipline's reach into the literary mind, like Steven Pinker or George Lakoff, we have begun to see an impact on current literature and also literary criticism.
In Searle's view, however, cognitive scientists
are incorrect to say, for example, that people see by performing "unconscious" computations on visual stimuli.