Physical Computation and Cognitive Science

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Abstract

This book presents a study of digital computation in contemporary cognitive science. Digital computation is a highly ambiguous concept, as there is no common core definition for it in cognitive science. Since this concept plays a central role in cognitive theory, an adequate cognitive explanation requires an explicit account of digital computation. More specifically, it requires an account of how digital computation is implemented in physical systems. The main challenge is to deliver an account encompassing the multiple types of existing models of computation without ending up in pancomputationalism, that is, the view that every physical system is a digital computing system. This book shows that only two accounts, among the ones examined by the author, are adequate for explaining physical computation. One of them is the instructional information processing account, which is developed here for the first time.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer
Number of pages229
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Volume12

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