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Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic (1993)

by Bart Kosko

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Interesting book, but as noted in one other review here review, not particularly well written. I found myself skimming the later chapters just to read the quotes Kosko included. Short summaries (dumping the math) could be "It depends" or "there is no black and white" or to use his own statement "everything is a matter of degree". I had this on my shelf and picked it up while reading Michael Shermer's "How We Believe" to follow up on a reference Shermer made. While not a fuzzy activist, I recognized while reading that long ago I adopted mostly fuzzy thinking, meaning all things are relative. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
I tried for years to get into this book. Every time I picked it up and flipped through it absolutely nothing drew me in and prompted me to continue reading. Finally decided it didn't need to be taking up valuable space on my bookshelf. I have lots of books on Complex Adaptive Systems theory and Chaos theory and had mistakenly believed that this book would earn it's place. It hasn't. ( )
  NIMBLEPM | Oct 26, 2010 |
What I liked about this was the way Kosko's thinking blurs traditional boundaries - its as much a book of applied philosophy as anything. Certainly clarified for me where Western philosophy started to go wrong (with Aristotle and the excluded middle). Also interesting for comparison of western and eastern cultures - why is Fuzzy Logic so much more popular in the east and derided in the west?
  abraxalito | Aug 8, 2008 |
This was a good book, but the approach to classical philosophy was over-simplified. This had the effect of negating some of his points. ( )
  angryearth | Sep 6, 2007 |
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So far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain.  And so far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. - Albert Einstein, Geometry and Experience
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For the young men and women who stick with their training while their youth calls.  It's hard, it will get harder, but it turns the world
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Fuzzy Thinking is the first popular book to explain clearly and provocatively how fuzzy logic is changing our lives - and how it will revolutionize the world in the decades ahead. Fuzzy thinking is the wave of the future, and the leading exponent of fuzzy logic, philosopher-scientist Dr. Bart Kosko, explains it better than anyone else can. Invented in America, fuzzy logic has broad implications for the way we think. What is the fuzzy principle? Everything is a matter of degree - nothing is absolute. In this mind-bending book, Kosko argues that for centuries the West has been locked into the concept of black or white, right or wrong, all or nothing. Consequently Western scientists have largely resisted fuzzy logic. Eastern philosophy, however, emphasizes yin and yang, unity, and the need to consider the universe from several different perspectives at once - so Asia has been more open than the West to concepts such as fuzzy logic. Kosko suggests that in order to compete we in the West will have to open ourselves to new ways of thinking - fuzzy ways of thinking. Fuzzy logic mimics the working of the human brain and is used in machines so they will think more like human beings. Japanese and Korean companies already apply fuzzy technology to the tune of billions of dollars a year in such products as air conditioners (instead of producing an all-or-nothing blast of cold air, fuzzy air conditioners constantly adjust to the precise temperature in the room and emit a corresponding degree of cooling air); computers; cameras and camcorders; auto engines, brakes, transmissions, and cruise controls; dishwashers; elevators; washing machines and dryers; microwave ovens; and televisions. Fuzzy logic is used in palmtop computers that recognize and translate handwritten characters. On tap are "smarter" computers and such medical advances as smart artificial body parts. Fuzzy logic even applies to ethical questions. For example, when does life begin ? At fertilization? When the fetus is six months old? At the time of birth? Fuzzy thinking says that life begins at all of these times - to a certain degree. It is the challenge of juggling apparently conflicting concepts, several seemingly different truths, that makes fuzzy logic so controversial - and so potentially rewarding in all areas of life from the bedroom to the boardroom. The first antiscience science book, Fuzzy Thinking is a truly important book that can forever change the way you look at the world.… (more)

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