By Ben Goertzel
This e-book summarizes a community of interrelated principles which i've got built, on and off, during the last 8 or ten years. The underlying subject matter is the mental interaction of order and chaos. Or, to place it in a different way, the interaction of deduction and induction. i'm going to try and clarify the connection among logical, orderly, unsleeping, rule-following cause and fluid, self organizing, habit-governed, subconscious, chaos-infused instinct. My prior books, The constitution of Intelligence and The Evolving brain, in short touched in this courting. yet those books have been basically desirous about different issues: SI with developing a proper language for discussing mentality and its mechanization, and EM with exploring the position of evolution in suggestion. They danced round the edges of the order/chaos challenge, with no ever totally stepping into it. My aim in scripting this publication was once to head on to the center of psychological method, "where angels worry to tread" -- to take on all of the sticky concerns which it really is thought of prudent to prevent: the character of cognizance, the relation among brain and truth, the justification of trust structures, the relationship among creativity and psychological illness,.... All of those matters are handled right here in a simple and unified method, utilizing a mix of ideas from my earlier paintings with principles from chaos conception and intricate structures technological know-how.