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Computing and Philosophy: Selected Papers from IACAP 2014 (Synthese Library)
Computing and Philosophy: Selected Papers from IACAP 2014 (Synthese Library)

This volume offers very selected papers from the 2014 conference of the “International Association for Computing and Philosophy” (IACAP) - a conference tradition of 28 years. The theme of the papers is the two-way relation between computing technologies and philosophical questions: Computing technologies both raise new...

The Cognitive Dynamics of Computer Science
The Cognitive Dynamics of Computer Science
A groundbreaking, unifying theory of computer science for low-cost, high-quality software

The Cognitive Dynamics of Computer Science represents the culmination of more than thirty years of the author's hands-on experience in software development, which has resulted in a remarkable and sensible...

Is Human Nature Obsolete?: Genetics, Bioengineering, and the Future of the Human Condition
Is Human Nature Obsolete?: Genetics, Bioengineering, and the Future of the Human Condition
"Modifying ourselves through molecular biology is a humanitarian utopia to some, an imminent nightmare to others. But to all, the prospect should be a challenge because it touches on so many basic and unresolved questions. This excellent, probing collection of papers -- spanning philosophy, history, social science, and theology -- will be...
Adult Stem Cells
Adult Stem Cells
Studies on stem cells have been attracting intense scientific and public attention, not only because of controversies surrounding the use of embryonic stem cells but also because of very provocative data that have been emerging on adult stem cells. Much of the public attention and debate has been focused on the possibility that...
Inquiring Organizations: Moving From Knowledge Management To Wisdom
Inquiring Organizations: Moving From Knowledge Management To Wisdom
Inquiring Organizations: Moving from Knowledge Management to Wisdom assembles into one volume a comprehensive collection of the key current thinking regarding the use of C. West Churchman's Design of Inquiring Systems as a basis for computer-based inquiring systems design and implementation. Inquiring systems are systems that go beyond knowledge...
Formal Ontology in Information Systems:  Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference (FOIS 2006), Volume 150
Formal Ontology in Information Systems: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference (FOIS 2006), Volume 150
Since ancient times, ontology, the analysis and categorisation of what exists, has been fundamental to philosophical enquiry. But, until recently, ontology has been seen as an abstract, purely theoretical discipline, far removed from the practical applications of science. However, with the increasing use of sophisticated computerised information...
Reference and Computation: An Essay in Applied Philosophy of Language (Studies in Natural Language Processing)
Reference and Computation: An Essay in Applied Philosophy of Language (Studies in Natural Language Processing)
This book deals with a major problem in the study of language: the problem of reference. The ease with which we refer to things in conversation is deceptive. Upon closer scrutiny, it turns out that we hardly ever tell each other explicitly what object we mean, although we expect our interlocutor to discern it. Amichai Kronfeld provides an answer...
Musical Performance: A Comprehensive Approach: Theory, Analytical Tools, and Case Studies
Musical Performance: A Comprehensive Approach: Theory, Analytical Tools, and Case Studies

This book is a first sketch of what the overall field of performance could look like as a modern scientific field but not its stylistically differentiated practice, pedagogy, and history. Musical performance is the most complex field of music. It comprises the study of a composition’s expression in terms of...

Handbook on Decision Support Systems 1: Basic Themes (International Handbooks on Information Systems)
Handbook on Decision Support Systems 1: Basic Themes (International Handbooks on Information Systems)
Decision support systems comprise a core subject area of the information systems (IS) discipline, being one of several major expansions that have occurred in the IS field. The decision support system (DSS) area, as a subject of research and practice, continues to grow along ever-widening horizons – often blending with other...
RFID Security
RFID Security

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a method of remotely storing and receiving data using devices called RFID tags. RFID tags can be small adhesive stickers containing antennas that allow them to receive and respond to transmissions from RFID transmitters. RFID tags are used to identify and track everything from Exxon EZ passes to dogs to...

Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer
Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer
Parsing the Turing Test is a landmark exploration of both the philosophical and methodological issues surrounding the search for true artificial intelligence. Will computers and robots ever think and communicate the way humans do? When a computer crosses the threshold into self-consciousness, will it immediately jump into the Internet and create a...
Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock'n'roll (Reverb)
Van Halen: Exuberant California, Zen Rock'n'roll (Reverb)

Van Halen are known for classic songs like “Runnin’ with the Devil,” "Panama,” and “Jump,” but also for the drama surrounding the exits of its former members. While many have attempted to discover the secrets of Van Halen through an analysis of their musical role models, John Scanlan looks at...

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