© 1994

Chaotic Logic

Language, Thought, and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 1-12
  3. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 13-23
  4. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 25-42
  5. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 43-61
  6. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 63-87
  7. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 89-112
  8. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 113-143
  9. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 145-164
  10. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 165-190
  11. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 191-212
  12. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 213-239
  13. Ben Goertzel
    Pages 241-264
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 265-278

About this book


This book summarizes a network of interrelated ideas which I have developed, off and on, over the past eight or ten years. The underlying theme is the psychological interplay of order and chaos. Or, to put it another way, the interplay of deduction and induction. I will try to explain the relationship between logical, orderly, conscious, rule-following reason and fluid, self­ organizing, habit-governed, unconscious, chaos-infused intuition. My previous two books, The Structure of Intelligence and The Evolving Mind, briefly touched on this relationship. But these books were primarily concerned with other matters: SI with constructing a formal language for discussing mentality and its mechanization, and EM with exploring the role of evolution in thought. They danced around the edges of the order/chaos problem, without ever fully entering into it. My goal in writing this book was to go directly to the core of mental process, "where angels fear to tread" -- to tackle all the sticky issues which it is considered prudent to avoid: the nature of consciousness, the relation between mind and reality, the justification of belief systems, the connection between creativity and mental illness,.... All of these issues are dealt with here in a straightforward and unified way, using a combination of concepts from my previous work with ideas from chaos theory and complex systems science.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Chaotic Logic
  • Book Subtitle Language, Thought, and Reality from the Perspective of Complex Systems Science
  • Authors Ben Goertzel
  • Series Title International Federation for Systems Research International Series on Systems Science and Engineering
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-44690-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-3238-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4757-2197-3
  • Series ISSN 1574-0463
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 278
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
    Linguistics, general
    Language and Literature
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