Minds, Brains and Turing

Harnad, Stevan (2011) Minds, Brains and Turing. [Conference Paper]

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Turing set the agenda for (what would eventually be called) the cognitive sciences. He said, essentially, that cognition is as cognition does (or, more accurately, as cognition is capable of doing): Explain the causal basis of cognitive capacity and you’ve explained cognition. Test your explanation by designing a machine that can do everything a normal human cognizer can do – and do it so veridically that human cognizers cannot tell its performance apart from a real human cognizer’s – and you really cannot ask for anything more. Or can you? Neither Turing modelling nor any other kind of computational r dynamical modelling will explain how or why cognizers feel.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:mind, consciousness, cognition, feeling, Turing, Searle, computation
Subjects:Computer Science > Robotics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:7334
Deposited By:Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:04 May 2011 02:53
Last Modified:04 May 2011 02:53

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