Conceptions of the Human Mind: Essays in Honor of George A. Miller

Conceptions of the Human Mind: Essays in Honor of George A. Miller

Conceptions of the Human Mind: Essays in Honor of George A. Miller

Conceptions of the Human Mind: Essays in Honor of George A. Miller

Synopsis

This volume is a direct result of a conference held at Princeton University to honor George A. Miller, an extraordinary psychologist. A distinguished panel of speakers from various disciplines -- psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and artificial intelligence -- were challenged to respond to Dr. Miller's query:

"What has happened to cognition? In other words, what has the past 30 years contributed to our understanding of the mind? Do we really know anything that wasn't already clear to William James?"

Each participant tried to stand back a little from his or her most recent work, but to address the general question from his or her particular standpoint. The chapters in the present volume derive from that occasion.

Excerpt

Conceptions of the Human Mind: A Conference to Honor George A. Miller was held at Princeton University, October 2-4, 1991. This conference brought together a distinguished panel of speakers from various disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence, to respond to George's query:

What has happened to cognition? In other words, what have the past 30 years contributed to our understanding of the mind? Do we really know anything that wasn't already clear to William James?

The question is thrown out as a challenge, and I would be disappointed if the answer were obvious to anyone -- it surely isn't to me. Each person will, I hope, contribute his or her own perspective, and maybe we can combine our individual views of this elephant into something more than any one of us could manage alone.

The 16 speakers represented a variety of approaches. Each tried to stand back a little from his or her most recent work and to address the general question from his or her particular standpoint. The chapters in this volume derive from that occasion. (The conference organizer, Philip Johnson- Laird, did not give a talk on that occasion, but has been prevailed upon to contribute a chapter.) Two speakers, Willem Levelt and Ned Block, are not represented in this volume because their talks were already committed for publication elsewhere. Thomas Bever's talk could not be included, but his toast to George is included.

Michael Gazzaniga begins the discussion with a persuasive demonstration . . .

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