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Dalenoort G.J.: THE PARADIGM OF SELF-ORGANIZATION (Gordon & Breach, 1989)
A collection of articles from experts in various disciplines that all deal with autonomous systems. Topics include cybernetics, evolution, complexity, morphogenesis, self-reference. Csanyi offers a general theory of evolution based on a "replicative model" of self-organization.
Dalenoort G.J.: THE PARADIGM OF SELF-ORGANIZATION II (Gordon & Breach, 1994)
The new collection includes articles on learning, the arrow of time, cellular automata, cognition, etc.
Damasio Antonio: DESCARTES' ERROR (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995)
Damasio Antonio: THE FEELING OF WHAT HAPPENS (Harcourt Brace, 1999)
Damasio, Antonio: LOOKING FOR SPINOZA (Pantheon, 2003)
Damasio, Antonio: "Self Comes to Mind" (Harcourt, 2011)
Davidson Donald: INQUIRIES INTO TRUTH AND INTERPRETATION (Clarendon Press, 1984)
Davies Paul: GOD AND THE NEW PHYSICS (Penguin, 1982)
The book surveys the mysteries of the universe, life, mind, consciousness, particle physics by updating the debate to the theories of non-linear dynamics and self-organization.
Davies Paul: ABOUT TIME (Touchstone, 1995)
A popular introduction to relativistic and quantum time, roaming from big bang to black holes, speculating on time reversal and tachyons.
Davies Paul: THE FIFTH MIRACLE (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
Davis Ernest: REPRESENTATION OF COMMON-SENSE KNOWLEDGE (Morgan Kaufman, 1990)
Davis Randall & Lenat Douglas: KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (McGraw-Hill,1982)
The first part is devoted to the system AM, that was built to study and simulate discovery of heuristics in solving mathematical problems. The second part describes TEIRESIAS, a system to acquire and maintain large knowledge bases.
Davis Steven: CONNECTIONISM (Oxford University Press, 1992)
An introduction to the field with emphasis on how higher cognitive tasks can be explained by lower connectionist models.
Davis Steven: PRAGMATICS (Ocford University Press, 1991)
An ambitious collection of seminal papers on speech acts (Grice, Kripke, Searle), indexicals (Kaplan's logic of demonstratives), implicature and relevance (Grice's "Logic and conversation", Wilson & Sperber's "Inference and implicature"), presupposition (Lewis, Stalnaker), metaphor (Davidson, Searle, Sperber & Wilson).
Dawkins Richard: THE SELFISH GENE (Oxford Univ Press, 1976)
Dawkins Richard: THE EXTENDED PHENOTYPE (OUP, 1982)
Dawkins Richard: THE BLIND WATCHMAKER (Norton, 1987)
Dawkins Richard: CLIMBING MOUNT IMPROBABLE (Norton, 1996)
Dawkins Richard: RIVER OUT OF EDEN (Basic, 1995)
This is an introduction for the general audience to Dawkins' ideas and to modern evolutionary theories.
Deacon Terrence: THE SYMBOLIC SPECIES (W.W. Norton & C., 1997)
Deacon Terrence: "Incomplete Nature" (Norton, 2012)
DeDuve Christian: VITAL DUST (Basic, 1995)
Dehaene, Stanislas: "Consciousness and the Brain" (Penguin, 2014)
De Waal Frans: BONOBO: THE FORGOTTEN APE (University of California Press, 1997)
de Waal Frans: GOOD NATURED (Harvard Univ Press, 1996)
Delahaye JeanPaul: FORMAL METHODS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Halsted, 1987)
An introduction to recursive functions, Church's thesis, Lambda calculus, first-order predicate calculus, resolution, unification; all the logical tools needed to understand the Prolog programming language.
Depew David & Weber Bruce: DARWINISM EVOLVING (MIT Press, 1994)
A competent, comprehensive and exhaustive history and survey of evolutionary theories from Darwin to Gould and Lewontin.
DeMey Marc: THE COGNITIVE PARADIGM (Univ of Chicago Press, 1982)
Philosophical reflections on the emergence of a new scientific revolution, the cognitive paradigm.
Dennett Daniel: CONTENT AND CONSCIOUSNESS (Routledge, 1969)
The distinction between mental and physical is ambigous. The distinction between psychological language and scientific language, on the other hand, corresponds to the distinction between intentional sentences and extensional sentences. In order to reduce the mind to the body, one must reduce intentionality to the extensional.
Dennett Daniel: THE INTENTIONAL STANCE (MIT Press, 1987)
Dennett Daniel: CONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED (Little & Brown, 1991)
Dennett Daniel: DARWIN'S DANGEROUS IDEA (Simon & Schuster, 1995)
Dennett Daniel: KINDS OF MINDS (Basic, 1998)
DeSousa Ronald: THE RATIONALITY OF EMOTION (MIT Press, 1987)
A study on emotions from a biological (rather than psychological) perspective.
Deutsch, J. Anthony: THE STRUCTURAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR (University of Chicago Press, 1960)
Deutsch's studies on the rat's behavior reached the conclusion that rats make purely topological maps of their environment. A map contains a representation of points in the environment and conncetions between such representations. A point in the environment is recognized by comparing its sensory representation with the representations in memory until a corresponding one is found. Once a representation is found, the connections relate it to other representations. The pattern of connectivity in memory reflects the topology of points in the environment. The cognitive maps simply specify the possible "routes", they do not specify which one to take. The specific "motivation" of the rat determines which route is selected. A motivation spreads through the network as a signal that decreases from node to node: farther nodes from the node first hit by the motivational signal will reach a very weak signal. Action is determined by the motivational gradient on the map.
Deutsch David: THE FABRIC OF REALITY (Penguin, 1997)
Deutsch David: "The Beginning of Infinity" (Viking, 2011)
Devlin Keith: GOODBYE DESCARTES (John Wiley, 1997)
Donald Merlin: ORIGINS OF THE MODERN MIND (Harvard Univ Press, 1991)
Donaldson Margaret: CHILDREN'S MINDS (Norton, 1972)
A classic of developmental psychology, that expanded Piaget's theory of different stages of mental development.
Donaldson Margaret: HUMAN MINDS (Penguin Press, 1992)
Donaldson provides a unifying vision of post-Piaget developmental psychology (i.e., the growth of intellectual competence) by viewing the child's mental development as an organically growing neural network shaped by the child's intentions.
Dougherty Ray: NATURAL LANGUAGE COMPUTING (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1994)
Prolog implementations of english, french and german grammars.
Douglas, Mary: NATURAL SYMBOLS (Random House, 1970)
Dowty David: WORD MEANING AND MONTAGUE GRAMMAR (Reidel, 1979)
Drawing from the aristotelic classification of state, activity and eventuality, Dowty thinks that the modal operators "do", "become" and "cause" can be the foundations for building the meaning of any other verb. A thematic role is a set of properties that are common to all roles that belong to that thematic role. A thematic role being also a relationship that ties a term with an event or a state, a Lambda calculus can be built on thematic roles. Tematic roles are actually cognitive structures that favor the acquisition of language. See Fillmore, Schank and Jackendoff.
Dowty David: INTRODUCTION TO MONTAGUE SEMANTICS (Reidel, 1981)
One of the best books to understand Montague's thinking and practice. His intensional language is incrementally built starting from truth-conditional, model-theoretic and possible-world approaches to semantics, then introducing variables, quantifiers, tense, modality and lambda calculus. The concepts underlying his program for a "universal grammar" are also greatly simplified and explained.
Drescher Gary: MADE-UP MINDS (MIT Press, 1991)
Drescher's "schema mechanism" is a computational implementation of Piaget's theory of early child development. Concepts are built through a stepwise process of synthesis and abstraction.
Dretske Fred: KNOWLEDGE AND THE FLOW OF INFORMATION (MIT Press, 1981)
Dretske is inspired by Shannon's and Weaver's theory of information. In order to extend what is a purely "quantitative" theory (dealing with the amount of information present in the state of a system and the amount of information which is received in a transmission between two systems) into a semantic theory of information, Dretske distinguishes information from meaning (a signal may have meaning but it certainly carries information) and then relates information, knowledge and belief: knowledge as information-caused belief (an agent knows that something is true if having that information causes one to believe that it is the case).
Dretske Fred: EXPLAINING BEHAVIOR (MIT Press, 1988)
The term "behavior" is used in many different ways to mean different things. The behavior of an animal is commonly taken to be the actions it performs more or less by instinct or by nature. This is not necessarily "voluntary" behavior. The fact that women have menstruations is part of "female behavior", but it is not voluntary. Behavior is pervasive in nature, and cannot be restricted to animals: plants exhibit behavior too.
Dretske Fred: NATURALIZING THE MIND (MIT Press, 1995)
Five lectures on consciousness, revolving around the thesis that all mental facts are representational facts, which are in turn facts about informational functions. What one thinks and feels is determined by history and by the environment.
Dretske Fred: SEEING AND KNOWING (University of Chicago Press, 1969)
Dretske believes that there are two fundamental versions of vision: a non-epistemic seeing, that requires no belief in what is being seen, and an epistemic seeing, which requires believing in what is being seen. The object of the non-epistemic vision is still a well-defined object, otherwise people who have no knowledge of an object (or have different beliefs about that object, such as an expert and a novice) would end up seeing different things when they look at it. In the epistemic mode, nothing can be seen without first acquiring some true belief about what is seen. This second way of seeing is subjective and may vary considerably among individuals with different knowledge and beliefs. Within epistemic seeing, a difference is drawn between primary epistemic seeing (an object is identified in virtue of how it looks) and secondary epistemic seeing (an object is identified not in virtue of the way it looks but in virtue of the way other objects look with respect to it).
Dreyfus Hubert: WHAT COMPUTERS CAN'T DO (Harper & Row, 1979)
Dreyfus Hubert & Dreyfus Stuart: MIND OVER MACHINE (Free Press, 1985)
A sobering critique of the foundations of artificial intelligence, and more specifically symbolic problem solver.
Dubois Didier & Prade Henri: POSSIBILITY THEORY (Plenum Press, 1988)
Dubois Didier, Prade Henri & Yager Ronald: READINGS IN FUZZY SETS (Morgan Kaufmann, 1993)
All the historical papers from Lotfi Zadeh's 1965 "Fuzzy sets" to Brat Kosko's "Adaptive inference in fuzzy knowledge systems". The editors provide an intriguing survey of the prehistory of the field, reaching back to Max Black and Karl Menger's "ensemble flou". They also compare fuzzy logic with competing theories of uncertainty, such as interval analysis and probabilities.
Dudai, Yadin: MEMORY FROM A TO Z (Oxford Univ Press, 2002)
Dummett Michael: ELEMENTS OF INTUITIONISM (Oxford University Press, 1977)
A general introduction to intuitionism. Intuitionism prescribes that all proofs of theorems must be constructive. Only constructable objects are legitimate. The meaning of a statement resides not in its truth conditions but in the means of proof or verification.
Dummett Michael: TRUTH AND OTHER ENIGMAS (Harvard Univ Press, 1978)
The book collects many papers written by Dummett on various subjects.
Dummett Michael: SEAS OF LANGUAGE (Clarendon, 1993)
A collection of many articles about philosophy of language from the point of view of his theory of meaning.
Dunbar, Robin: GROOMING, GOSSIP AND THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE (Faber and Faber, 1996)
Durham, William: COEVOLUTION (Stanford University Press, 1991)
Dyson Freeman: ORIGINS OF LIFE (Cambridge Univ Press, 1999)
Dyson Freeman: INFINITE IN ALL DIRECTIONS (Harper & Row, 1988)
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