Computer Science And Philosophy: A look at these topics from a personal point of view

Computer Science And Philosophy: A look at these topics from a personal point of view

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The common theme for the book is introducing concepts fromgeneral western philosophy into todays computer-Science.The book is divided into two parts. The first one deals with thePDP issue which is essen�ally trying to resolve the gap betweenthe two major approaches in Ar�ficial Intelligence today – namelythe Ar�ficial Neural Network Approach, ANN, and the Symbolicapproach. In our treatment of the issue, we define among otherthings the concept of Consciousness to Consciousness contactbased on Symbolic Communica�on. This concept turns out havefar reaching implica�ons to some of the current and famoustheories of general philosophy in theory of knowledge, notnecessarily in Computer-Science. We tried to further developthese implica�ons in another paper.The second part of the book is dedicated to explica�ng conceptsfrom the Seman�cs of the computer science prac�ce. We explainthe philosophical concept of Explica�on which was introducedinto philosophy by Rudolf Carnap and then try to explicate someconcepts from Computer Communica�ons Networks, Flowcharts,Processes and Algorithms. We believe, that we do throw somenew light on these issues using philosophical concepts.About the concept Algorithm we claim that it cannot be explainedor defined properly without using Language as an essen�al part ofthe defini�on. Algorithm is probably the most basic concept inComputer Science. We think that the tradi�onal basic models ofcomputa�on such as Turing Machines and Recursive Func�ons arerelevant to Computability and problems of complexity, but youcannot define a basic concept for the everyday prac�ce ofprogramming without including language as an essen�al part.

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