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Computation vs. Information Processing: Why Their Difference Matters to Cognitive Science

Piccinini, Dr. Gualtiero and Scarantino, Dr. Andrea (2009) Computation vs. Information Processing: Why Their Difference Matters to Cognitive Science. [Preprint]

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Since the cognitive revolution, it’s become commonplace that cognition involves both computation and information processing. Is this one claim or two? Is computation the same as information processing? The two terms are often used interchangeably, but this usage masks important differences. In this paper, we distinguish information processing from computation and examine some of their mutual relations, shedding light on the role each can play in a theory of cognition. We recommend that theorists of cognition be explicit and careful in choosing notions of computation and information and connecting them together. Much confusion can be avoided by doing so.

Item Type:Preprint
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:6833
Deposited By:Piccinini, Dr. Gualtiero
Deposited On:04 May 2010 23:11
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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