By John Haugeland

The concept that human pondering and desktop computing are "radically a similar" presents the crucial subject for this marvelously lucid and witty ebook on what synthetic intelligence is all approximately. even though awarded solely in nontechnical

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So a nother charming line has watchful Providence i ntervening helpfully on each "occasion " when mind and matter would interact, if only they could . For instance, that hammer doesn 't really affect me (my mind) at a l l ; but God alertly creates for me exactly the excruciation my thumb nerves signa l - a nd then bravely forms on my carnal lips those colorful words I no sooner in­ tend than regret . EPIPHENOME NALIS M : Here ' s one for agnostics. The universe is a superbly engineered machine, ticking and whirring smoothly, with everythihg complete and in order.

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