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Title: Creativity and Artificial Intelligence
Subtitle: A Conceptual Blending Approach
Written By: Francisco Câmara Pereira
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110186093-1
Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL] 4
Description:

Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: A Conceptual Blending Approach
takes readers into a computationally plausible model of creativity.
Inspired by a thorough analysis of work on creativity from the areas of
philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, cognitive linguistics and
artificial intelligence, the author deals with the various processes,
principles and representations that lie underneath the act of creativity.

Focusing on Arthur Koestler's Bisociations, which eventually lead to Turner
and Fauconnier's conceptual blending framework, the book proposes a
theoretical model that considers blends and their emergent structure as a
fundamental cognitive mechanism. The author thus discusses the
computational implementation of several aspects of conceptual blending
theory, namely composition, completion, elaboration, frames and optimality
constraints. Informal descriptions and examples are supplied to provide
non-computer scientists as well as non-cognitive linguists with clear
insights into these ideas. Several experiments are made, and their results
are discussed, with particular emphasis on the validation of the creativity
and conceptual blending aspects.

Written by a researcher with a background in artificial intelligence, the
book is the result of several years of exploration and discussion from
different theoretical perspectives. As a result, the book echoes some of
the criticism made on conceptual blending and creativity in artificial
intelligence, and thus proposes improvements in both areas, with the aim of
being a constructive contribution to these very intriguing, yet appealing,
research orientations.

Keywords
Cognitive Linguistics; creativity

Readership
Applied Cognitive Linguists, Computer Scientists

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110186098
ISBN-13: 9783110186093
Pages: 254
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00
U.S. $ 132.30