This is a volume of original essays written by philosophers and scientists and dealing with philosophical questions arising from work in evolutionary biology and artificial intelligence. In recent years both of these areas have been the focus for attempts to provide a scientific, model of a wide range of human capacities - most prominently perhaps in sociobiology and cognitive psychology. The book therefore examines a number of issues related to the search for a 'naturalistic' or scientific account of human experience and behaviour. Some of the essays deal with the application of such models to particular behaviour, stressing the problems raised by consciousness, and the information to be derived from the differing capacities of animals and people; others consider more general questions about the logic of the explanations provided by these kinds of approach. The volume continues the informal series stemming from meetings sponsored by the Thyssen Foundation.
Introduction; 1. Naturalism, fallibilism and evolutionary epistempology Christopher Hookway; 2. Historical entities and historical narratives David Hull; 3. Force and disposition in evolutionary theory Elliott Sober; 4. The evolution of animal intelligence John Maynard Smith; 5. Intentionality, syntactic structure and the evolution of language Neil Tennant; 6. Machines and consciousness Yorick Wilks; 7. Cognitive wheels: the frame problem of AI Daniel Dennett; 8. Animal perception from an Artificial Intelligence viewpoint Margaret Boden; Index.
This is a volume of original essays written by philosophers and scientists and dealing with philosophical questions arising from work in evolutionary biology and artificial intelligence. The volume continues the informal series stemming from meetings sponsored by the Thyssen Foundation.