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History of Cybernetics

An interview with Professor Katherine Hayles, Duke University, author of How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics.

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Sketches of Another Future

An Interview with Professor Andrew Pickering, University of Exeter, author of The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future.

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History of Cognitive Science

An interview with Professor Margaret Boden, University of Sussex, author of Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science.

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What is Cognitive Science?

Boden describes Cognitive Science as the study of the mind across many scientific disciplines, which generally draw on concepts borrowed from computer science.

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What is the main message of your book, Mind as Machine?

The main point of the book, says Boden, is to argue that if you want to understand the mind, you have to use concepts and ideas coming out of a wide range of disciplines, especially artificial intelligence and artificial life. No single discipline on its own can explain how the mind works.

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Why did you decide to write a history of Cognitive Science?

Boden says that she wanted to show people both inside and outside the field of Cognitive Science how all of the different disciplines that it comprises knit together. She says that understanding how and why questions arose in history is crucial for getting a proper grasp on the subject.

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What kinds of question does Cognitive Science address?

Cognitive Science asks questions such as how human choices, decisions and even consciousness can arise out of a material base, such as the brain, says Boden. But it also asks similar computational questions about the computer.

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What is a computational question?

There are many sorts of computation, says Boden, but in Cognitive Science the phrase is used in broad terms to understand what the ‘virtual machine of the mind’ is doing when it is working things out.

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Does Cognitive Science replace Philosophy?

Boden says that philosophy and Cognitive Science go in tandem. On the one hand, philosophy could not be replaced by Cognitive Science because it often asks questions that are not scientific. On the other hand, it sometimes happens that philosophical questions become scientific ones – but not always.

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What have the main achievements of the discipline been so far?

There has been progress on every major question that Cognitive Science set itself in the 1950s, including in obscure areas such as hypnotism, says Boden. In addition, computer modelling forces scientists to ask detailed and clear questions, while computational concepts have been helpful in understanding what the mind is and does.

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