Thursday, October 30th, 2008 by Tobias Deutsch

Organization of the Book

The editors claim that the human brain and mind can be seen as objects which can be investigated with scientific principles. The findings can and must be applied in engineering. One cannot proceed on this path without taking the knowledge of psychoanalysis, the scientists concerned with the human mind, into account. However, their models need to be analyzed from a technological point of view, in cooperation, naturally, with psychoanalysts. And vice versa, the editors are convinced that engineers and computer scientists can pass on knowledge about modeling and synthesis to the science of psychoanalysis.

This book documents the attempt at the “First international Engineering and Neuropsychoanalysis Forum (ENF 2007): Emulating the Mind” in working out a unitary view on how to proceed in simulating the mental apparatus.

The book is organized in four parts in order to highlight separate views and to incorporate the contributions of various authors:

Part I constitutes the theoretical base, worked out while strictly following the principles of natural science, to which later contributions will refer. Additionally, major research results from the past five years are presented. They were also presented in abbreviated form during the (ENF 2007) “Emulating the Mind”, incorporating results from the speakers and their co-authors.

Part II is formed by invited publications that represent the content of the ENF 2007 forum and the summaries of the discussions on that day.

Part III contains strongly reviewed publications collected in a Call for Contributions, representing the reactions to the ENF 2007 forum.

Part IV comprises explanations for engineers and psychoanalysts in a glossarylike fashion. It contains basic explanations of terms to simplify understanding for readers with a different scientific background.

The complete table of contents can be viewed here.