Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs
The Question of Alien Minds
By (author) David McFarland
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Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs by David McFarland
Book DescriptionWhen we interact with animals, we intuitively read thoughts and feelings into their expressions and actions - it is easy to suppose that they have minds like ours. And as technology grows more sophisticated, we might soon find ourselves interpreting the behaviour of robots too in human terms. It is natural for us to humanize other beings in this way, but is it philosophically or scientifically justifiable? How different might the minds of animals or machines be to ours? As David McFarland asks here, could robots ever feel guilty, and is it correct to suppose your dog can truly be happy? Can we ever know what non-human minds might be like, or will the answer be forever out of our reach? These are central and important questions in the philosophy of mind, and this book is an accessible exploration of the differing philosophical positions that can be taken on the issue. McFarland looks not only at philosophy, but also examines new evidence from the science of animal behaviour plus the latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence, to show how many different - and sometimes surprising - conclusions we can draw about the nature of 'alien minds'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199219292
(222mm x 148mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Guilty Robots, Happy Dogs, Paperback (March 2009)
Do animals have thoughts and feelings? Could robots have minds like our own? Can we ever know, or will the answer be forever out of our reach? David McFarland explores the answers to these questions, drawing not only on the philosophy of mind, but also on developments in artificial intelligence, robots, and the science of animal behaviour.
Dictionary of Animal Behaviour, Paperback (March 2006)» View all books by David McFarland
This fascinating dictionary covers all aspects of the study of animal behaviour. Concise, clear and wide-ranging, it is ideal for students, amateur naturalists, and anyone else with an interest in animal behaviour and psychology.
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Author Biography - David McFarland
David McFarland is well known for his studies in animal behavior and more recently the broadening of this understanding to "artificial ethology" and robotics. He is the author of a number of books, including Animal Behaviour: Psychobiology, Ethology, and Evolution, and OUP's Companion to Animal Behaviour as well as the OPR Animal Behaviour (2006).
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