2011 Ulam Lecture Series Reading list and Videos

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David Krakauer Aug 30-September 1, 2011

2011 Ulam Lecture Series Reading List

LECTURE 1

The Universal History of Numbers : From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer by: Georges Ifrah (2005)

Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga (2011)

Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On The Matter Of The Mind (1993) by Gerald M. Edelman (1993

I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter (2008)

The Mismeasure of Man (Revised & Expanded) by Stephen Jay Gould (Paperback - Jun 17, 1996)

LECTURE 2

The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain by Terrence W. Deacon (Paperback - Apr 17, 1998)

Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive Extension (Philosophy of Mind) by Andy Clark (Hardcover - Oct 29, 2008)

Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey (Hardcover - Feb 20, 2011)

Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell by Dennis Bray (Paperback - Mar 1, 2011)

LECTURE 3

Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind by Diego Rasskin-Gutman and Deborah Klosky (Hardcover - Jul 10, 2009)

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch (Hardcover - Jul 21, 2011)

The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive by Brian Christian (Hardcover - Mar 1, 2011)

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Vintage) by Jaron Lanier (Feb 8, 2011)

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr (Jun 6, 2011)

Videos

Ulam Memorial Lectures: Cognitive Ubiquity, by David Krakauer 2011

David Krakauer Aug. 31, 2011 Krakauer will recount the evolution of life on Earth focusing on the advent of increasingly complex forms of behavior and thought, identifying the common principles of intelligent biological systems.

  • Representation, Algorithms, and Strategy

Ulam Memorial Lectures: Cognitive Ubiquity: The Evolution of Intelligence on Earth Part One: Invasion of the Inferential Cell by David Krakauer Aug. 30, 2011

  • Starting with our efforts to define and measure order and intelligence, Krakauer will survey key ideas from the history of mathematics, physics, computation, and biology that have extraordinarily converged on very similar explanations for adaptive behavior.

Ulam Memorial Lectures: Cognitive Ubiquity: The Evolution of Intelligence on Earth Part Two: Invasion of the Inferential Cell by David Krakauer Aug. 31, 2011

  • Krakauer will recount the evolution of life on Earth focusing on the advent of increasingly complex forms of behavior and thought, identifying the common principles of intelligent biological systems.

Cognitive Ubiquity: The Evolution of Intelligence on Earth Part Three: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by David Krakauer Sept. 1, 2011

  • Finally, Krakuer will consider the future of biological intelligence in a world of distributed machine intelligence, where there is a prospect of new cultural mechanisms capable of eclipsing the analytical capabilities of our own species.

Comments

Representation, Algorithms, Strategy - correspondence to Networks, Cognition and Culture diagram by Doug White Nov. 2011. A diagram in one of my publications supports what Krakauer showing for biological lifeforms more generally. Comments or responses to both sets of studies are welcome.

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