The Resource How brains think : evolving intelligence, then and now, William H. Calvin

How brains think : evolving intelligence, then and now, William H. Calvin

Label
How brains think : evolving intelligence, then and now
Title
How brains think
Title remainder
evolving intelligence, then and now
Statement of responsibility
William H. Calvin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • This book tries to fathom how our inner life evolves from one second to the next, as we steer ourselves from one topic to another, as we create and reject alternatives. It's not just a little person inside the head doing all this, though it's natural to assume that anything fancy requires an even fancier designer. Ever since Darwin, however, we've known that elegant things can also emerge (indeed, self-organize) from "simpler" beginnings. And, says theoretical
  • Neurophysiologist William H. Calvin, the bootstrapping of new ideas works much like the immune response or the evolution of a new animal species - except that the brain can turn the darwinian crank a lot faster, on the time scale of thought and action. Few proposals achieve a perfect ten when judged against our memories, but we can subconsciously try out variations, using many brain regions. Eventually, as quality improves, we become conscious of our new invention
  • Drawing on anthropology, evolutionary biology, linguistics, and the neurosciences, Calvin also considers how a more intelligent brain developed using slow biological improvements over the last few million years. Long ago, evolving jack-of-all-trades versatility was encouraged by abrupt climate changes. Now, evolving intelligence uses a nonbiological track: augmenting human intelligence and building intelligent machines. In his concluding chapter, Calvin cautions about
  • Arms races in intelligence. Just as the Red Queen explained to Alice in Wonderland, you might have to keep running to stay in the same place
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Calvin, William H.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF431
LC item number
.C2683 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Intellect
  • Human information processing
  • Brain
  • Psychology, Comparative
  • Brain
  • Human information processing
  • Intellect
  • Psychology, Comparative
  • Intelligentie
  • Hersenen
  • Evolutie
Label
How brains think : evolving intelligence, then and now, William H. Calvin
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-166) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ch. 5.
  • Syntax as a foundation of intelligence
  • ch. 6.
  • Evolution on-the-fly
  • ch. 7.
  • Shaping up an intelligent act from humble origins
  • ch. 8.
  • Prospects for a superhuman intelligence
  • ch. 1.
  • What to do next
  • ch. 2.
  • Evolving a good guess
  • ch. 3.
  • Janitor's dream
  • ch. 4.
  • Evolving intelligent animals
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vi, 184 pages
Isbn
9780465072774
Lccn
96021086
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35055525
  • (OCoLC)ocm35055525
Label
How brains think : evolving intelligence, then and now, William H. Calvin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-166) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ch. 5.
  • Syntax as a foundation of intelligence
  • ch. 6.
  • Evolution on-the-fly
  • ch. 7.
  • Shaping up an intelligent act from humble origins
  • ch. 8.
  • Prospects for a superhuman intelligence
  • ch. 1.
  • What to do next
  • ch. 2.
  • Evolving a good guess
  • ch. 3.
  • Janitor's dream
  • ch. 4.
  • Evolving intelligent animals
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vi, 184 pages
Isbn
9780465072774
Lccn
96021086
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35055525
  • (OCoLC)ocm35055525

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