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There is much food for thought here for both scientists and philosophers. (Daniel C. Dennett, Bioscience)
About the Author
David McFarland is well known for his studies in animal behavior and more recently the broadening of this understanding to "artificial ethology" and robotics. He is the author of a number of books, including Animal Behaviour: Psychobiology, Ethology, and Evolution, and OUP's Companion to Animal Behaviour as well as the OPR Animal Behaviour (2006)
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Laudably, mr McFarland does not set to his task by ploughing through the work of his predecessors in the field. In stead he focusses on case studies to make his points. As it happens the way humans look at robots depends more on how we see ourselves rather than what the robot is actually capable of doing. Ultimately, we should realise that robots and animals are so different from us that we can never objectively resolve whether their 'mental' capacities are comparable to ours.
This will probably not be the most original book you have ever read, but it is a very accessible introduction into the question of alien minds. Still, given the abstract level of thinking, this is at points a fairly difficult book. That sould not deter those interested in the future of robotics, though, as mr McFarland always succeeds in winding things up at the end of the chapter.
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