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Does the computational theory of mind explain anything?

In science, when you theorize that X reduces to Y, you propose a theory that links X and Y in some causal way. Physicists don't just say, "What you experiences as a gas is really a swarm of fast-...
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Is anything known about the physical, neural, mental, and/or logical characteristics or conditions of “wanting”?

I do not mean the word “wanting” itself, since a word can refer to many things, or a spectrum of qualities that may or may not be seen a connected thing or not. If we try to identify a more clear ...
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What's the solution to the problem of other minds? [duplicate] I have never understood what the solution to the problem of other minds is. At first, the article said that: "One standard line of reply to this ...
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Why do some physicalists use the Turing Machine as a model of the brain?

It has always puzzled me when people casually make comments like "Since the brain is a Turing Machine...". Just to clarify: I'm talking about generic discussions, not philosophical journals ...
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Can minds be uploaded in computers?

The idea runs around of loading minds up in computers. It's a recurring theme in SF culture and thought about the technological possibilities in the future. We can read on Wikipedia: Mind uploading, ...
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How can the sensation of pain be explained materialistically?

Physicalism, be it reductionist or holistic, tries to explain every phenomenon by materialisic processes. These can be seen as noumenon, existing independently of human beings. But the true nature of ...
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If Integrated Information theory is correct, might ant colonies and beehives be conscious and self aware?

Julio Tononi proposes that consciousness arises when information is extensively processed and shared between components of a system (like the brain). Ants and bees (and some fungi) share chemical ...
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What is meant by other minds?

I recently asked about the argument for proving the existence of other minds. This argument is called the best explanation argument. Could you ...
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What is the role of mental images in the perception of absence?

In the book “Metaphysics, a very short introduction” by Stephen Mumford, near the end of Chapter 9 titled “Is nothing something?”, I read the following puzzling lines: “Jean-Paul Sartre discussed the ...
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