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Extending Mechanics to Minds: The Mechanical Foundations of Psychology and Economics (Hardcover)

Author: Doyle, Jon

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This book deploys the mathematical axioms of modern rational mechanics to understand minds as mechanical systems that exhibit actual, not metaphorical, forces, inertia, and motion. Using precise mental models developed in artificial intelligence the author analyzes motivation, attention, reasoning, learning, and communication in mechanical terms. These analyses provide psychology and economics with new characterizations of bounded rationality; provide mechanics with new types of materials exhibiting the constitutive kinematic and dynamic properties characteristic of different kinds of minds; and provide philosophy with a rigorous theory of hybrid systems combining discrete and continuous mechanical quantities. The resulting mechanical reintegration of the physical sciences that characterize human bodies and the mental sciences that characterize human minds opens traditional philosophical and modern computational questions to new paths of technical analysis.

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Publisher Cambridge University Press
Mfg Part# 9780521861977
SKU 202455355
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521861977
Release Date 5/21/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0453
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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