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If a brain in a vat never received any sensory input, could it still develop a consciousness? What would a functionalist say?

First of all, I'm not knowledgeable of philosophy by any means (engineering student). However, I was wondering if from a philosophical point of view we could reason about what might happen to a brain ...
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Argument against conscious Turing machines?

Imagine a non-halting Turing machine that repeats the same calculation forever. Let us assume that each time it runs its algorithm it increments a loop counter. Surely such a machine is conceivable ...
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Fodor, Compositionality and the Liar

In defense of his Language of Thought Hypothesis (SEP article), Jerry Fodor argues that Thought is recursively compositional in just the same way that Language is. When we understand a sentence, we ...