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Cognitive Science: What One Needs to Know

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Cognitive science is a new paradigm that informs and involves several disciplines, including artificial intelligence, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cognitive ethology, and the philosophy of mind. Cognitive science studies the mind as an information processor, with the computer often operating as a metaphor for the operations of the mind. Developments in the cognitive sciences stand to affect tremendously how we think of the mind and, consequently, how we think of theological and religious claims that concern the human subject. The unity of self, claims of human uniqueness, the relation of mind and body, human nature, and the personal agency of God are all areas of religious import in which the cognitive sciences need to be taken into account.

Keywords: artificial intelligence; cognitive ethology; cognitive psychology; cognitive science; human nature; human uniqueness; information processing; mind of God; mind-body problem; neuroscience; philosophy of mind; unity of self

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Thiel College, Greenville, PA

Publication date: December 1, 1997


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