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By Jean-Pierre Dupuy

The conceptual background of cognitive technological know-how continues to be for the main half unwritten. during this groundbreaking publication, Jean-Pierre Dupuy -- one of many imperative architects of cognitive technological know-how in France -- offers a major bankruptcy: the legacy of cybernetics. opposite to well known trust, Dupuy argues, cybernetics represented now not the anthropomorphization of the computer however the mechanization of the human. The founding fathers of cybernetics -- a few of the maximum minds of the 20th century, together with John von Neumann, Norbert Wiener, Warren McCulloch, and Walter Pitts -- meant to build a materialist and mechanistic technology of psychological habit that will give the opportunity finally to unravel the traditional philosophical challenge of brain and topic. the significance of cybernetics to cognitive technology, Dupuy argues, lies now not in its bold notion of the human brain when it comes to the functioning of a laptop yet within the manner the strengths and weaknesses of the cybernetics procedure can light up controversies that rage today--between cognitivists and connectionists, eliminative materialists and Wittgensteinians, functionalists and anti-reductionists.

Dupuy brings to lifestyles the highbrow pleasure that attended the beginning of cognitive technological know-how sixty years in the past. He separates the promise of cybernetic rules from the discontentment that as cybernetics was once rejected and consigned to highbrow oblivion. The mechanization of the brain has reemerged this present day as an all-encompassing paradigm within the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, details expertise, and cognitive technological know-how. The tensions, contradictions, paradoxes, and confusions Dupuy discerns in cybernetics provide a cautionary story for destiny advancements in cognitive science.

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