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What Is Thought? (Paperback)

Author: Baum, Eric B.

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Baum proposes that underlying mind is a complex but compact program that corresponds to the underlying structure of the world. He argues further that the mind is essentially programmed by DNA. We learn more rapidly than computer scientists have so far been able to explain because the DNA code has programmed the mind to deal only with meaningful possibilities. Thus the mind understands by exploiting semantics, or meaning, for the purposes of computation; constraints are built in so that although there are myriad possibilities, only a few make sense. Evolution discovered corresponding subroutines or shortcuts to speed up its processes and to construct creatures whose survival depends on making the right choice quickly. Baum argues that the structure and nature of thought, meaning, sensation, and consciousness therefore arise naturally from the evolution of programs that exploit the compact structure of the world.

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Publisher Bradford Books
Mfg Part# 9780262524575
SKU 202110791
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0262524570
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0492
Publisher Bradford Book
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