Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models

2014.12.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Danks, Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models, MIT Press, 2014, 287pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.12.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Danks, Unifying the Mind: Cognitive Representations as Graphical Models, MIT Press, 2014, 287pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780262027991. Reviewed by Steven Horst, Wesleyan University The two main themes of David Danks's book are nicely summarized by its title. The first, developed in Chapters 3-6, is that many forms of cognition can usefully be viewed as employing a particular form of representation called a graphical model. Chapters 7-10 argue the second claim, that the graphical-model-based approach might "unify the mind", and go on to compare it with several other accounts of cognitive architecture that seek to do the same (connectionism, ACT-R, Soar, and Sigma). While model-based approaches to cognition are quite common in artificial intelligence and cognitive science, they seldom find their way into philosophical discussions of the mind. I am continually puzzled by this, and am quite pleased to find. . .

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