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  •  Recommendation: "Blueprint for a Soul" (5+ / 0-)

    That's a book from German psychologist Dietrich Dörner which (extra mischief from my side) is only available in German, that tries to show how you could basically build a "steam-engine on wheels" that would show artificial emotions.

    Honestly, while I love  Hofstadter's book for it's elegance Dörner's book got me with it's audacity: To suggest that not only intelligence but emotions (needs, motives, anger, fear) could emerge from a huge mechanism made of simple elements. I suppose there's a reason it didn't get translated but it sure manages to challenge you with an unabashedly reductionist mindset and reasoning.

    Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. -- Philip K. Dick

    by RandomGuyFromGermany on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 07:12:14 AM PST

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