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Challenging the Computational Metaphor: Implications for How We Think

By Lynn Andrea Stein

Abstract

This paper explores the role of the traditional computational metaphor in our thinking as computer scientists, its influence on epistemological styles, and its implications for our understanding of cognition. It proposes to replace the conventional metaphor--a sequence of steps--with the notion of a community of interacting entities, and examines the ramifications of such a shift on these various ways in which we think

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Language, Dynamical Systems, Robotics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science
Year: 1999
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:545

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