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Guest Editorial: Can Artificial Intelligence Have a Near-Death Experience? A Critical Look at the Ultimate Text

Description: Abstract: Since a computer model begins as an instance of writing, that is, a "text," it is appropriate to examine this kind of discourse through the perspective of literary criticism. I examine Stephen Thaler's (1995) "intelligent" computer program and conclude that the gedanken creatures are constructed upon a structuralist theory of the text, which cannot support a complete simulation of human intelligence of experience.
Date: Autumn 1998
Creator: Gunn, Susan C.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Emerging Intelligence and Its Critical Look at Us

Description: Abstract: In response to Susan Gunn's editorial, I offer a less comforting but more utilitarian perspective on the life and death of artificial consciousness. Admittedly an unpopular view, it suggests that concurrence with Gunn's message represents the seeds of our own destruction, as an emerging synthetic intelligence begins to extinguish us.
Date: Autumn 1998
Creator: Thaler, Stephen L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Journal of Near-Death Studies, Volume 17, Number 1, Fall 1998

Description: Quarterly journal publishing papers related to near-death experiences, including research reports; theoretical or conceptual statements; expressions of a scientific, philosophic, religious, or historical perspective on the study of near-death experiences; cross-cultural studies; individual case histories; and personal accounts of experiences or related phenomena.
Date: Autumn 1998
Creator: Greyson, Bruce
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Phenomenology of Near-Death Consciousness in Past-Life Regression Therapy: A Pilot Study

Description: Article reporting the results of a pilot study exploring similarities between the phenomenology of post-death awareness reported by regressed subjects and the phenomenology of near-death experiences (NDE), as far as the therapeutic modality normally accommodates post-death phenomena. Similarities and differences between NDEs and post-death regression phenomena suggest new avenues of research.
Date: Autumn 1998
Creator: Wade, Jenny
Partner: UNT Libraries

Letters to the Editor

Description: Two letters written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the following topics: "On 'Evolution and the Relationship Between Brain and Mind States'" and "Reply to Martin Tanner and Colleagues."
Date: Autumn 1998
Creator: Tanner, Martin; English, Bill; Durham, Elane; Bolaris, Dawnetta; Bloomfield, Connie; Miller, Craig et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries