Chapter 10. A Speculation on the Prospects for a Science of Mind

  1. Stephen E. Levinson

Published Online: 21 NOV 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470020911.ch10

Mathematical Models for Speech Technology

Mathematical Models for Speech Technology

How to Cite

Levinson, S. E. (2005) A Speculation on the Prospects for a Science of Mind, in Mathematical Models for Speech Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470020911.ch10

Author Information

  1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 NOV 2005
  2. Published Print: 27 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470844076

Online ISBN: 9780470020913

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Keywords:

  • unified field theory;
  • human–machine communication by voice;
  • generalization of reductionism;
  • kinetic-molecular theory;
  • phenomenon of emergence;
  • Maxwell demon problem;
  • mind–body dichotomy;
  • Postmodern Objection;
  • “Turing test”;
  • problem of consciousness

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The parable of the thermos bottle: measurements and symbols

  • The four questions of science

  • A constructive theory of mind

  • The problem of consciousness

  • The role of sensorimotor function, associative memory and reinforcement learning in automatic acquisition of spoken language by an autonomous robot

  • Final thoughts: predicting the course of discovery