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Knowledge Representation by Arthur B. Markman

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Chapter 1

Foundations

In the study of the mind, cognitive scientists seek explanations of mental life, which consists of perceptions, emotions, social interactions, and cognitive abilities. In many of these explanations, they refer to goals, beliefs, mental images, concepts, and other mental entities. They are also concerned with retrieval, analogy, inferencing, reasoning, categorization, and many other processes that create, combine, and use the information “in our heads.” The aim of this book is to consider ways of thinking about goals, beliefs, mental images, concepts, and other mental entities to understand how different decisions about the way to characterize these entities affects what is easy to do with them and what is hard to do with ...

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