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Ulanowicz Robert: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (Springer-Verlag, 1986)
In order to explain growth and development (not only of individuals, but also of ecosystems, societies and economies), the book introduces a new thermodynamic quantity: "ascendency" is a phenomenological measure increasing with ecological succession and decreasing in stressed ecosystems. Ascendency reflects the ability of a system to prevail against other configurations.
Ullman Shimon: THE INTERPRETATION OF VISUAL MOTION (MIT Press, 1979)
A computational theory of how the sensory input of the eye originates a representation of the environment in the mind is divided into two problems: the "correspondence" problem (recognizing a piece of the image as an individual object in motion) and the 3-d interpretation problem. The former is solved by reducing the image to a set of tokens and applying similarity-based reasoning to them. The latter is solved by the interplay of a "structure from motion" process and a "motion from structure" process.
Underwood Geoffrey: ASPECTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS (Academic Press, 1982)
A monumental (three volumes) collection of articles on consciousness written by psychologists.
Unger Peter: IDENTITY, CONSCIOUSNESS AND VALUE (Oxford Univ Press, 1991)
Unger indulges in all sorts of thought experiments about personal identity. What happens i a brain is replaced or exchanged? Can one person fade into another?
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