Just receive the AI4U book ... I will read it for christmas ... and try to understand why this work is so disparaged.
from scanning the content, i would guess it would be because of the hand-waving, the neologisms, the lack of references to (any) literature, the lack of explanations or justifications, the naive approach to the subject matter, failure to address obvious issues with the approach, ummm, the lack of coherence or focus in the writing, lack of testing, proof by assertion, the wishful thinking, etc, etc.
sure, cog-sci and philosophy are expected to be a bit fluffy, but this is on the level of second grade doodlings of day-dreams of 50 foot tall robots with lasers shooting from its eyes or supercars with rocket launchers (eg. from the fantastic comic WIGU).
P.S. when i grow up i'm going to invent a gun that shoots knives.