By Paul Thagard

First-class booklet concerning the Computational Representational realizing of brain (CRUM). Althought simply targeting one conception to give an explanation for the fucntioning of our brain it has concise and simple to appreciate reasons, going from the main easy representations to the main advanced.

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This book reviews (in chapters 2–8) the six major current approaches to understanding the mind in terms of representations and computation. 5. CRUM is successful. The computational-representational approach has exceeded all previous theories of mind in its theoretical ability to account for psychological performance and its practical ability to improve that performance. 6. CRUM is incomplete. Not all aspects of human thought and intelligence can be accounted for in purely computational-representational terms.

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