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To determine the function or purpose of a part of a machine, you have to look at the totality of how that part interacts with the rest of the machine. This means you need to look at what the part does in every circumstance in which the machine operates. How does the part influence the operation of the machine in each circumstance? i.e., how does the state ...


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Regarding your: First, an inner representation of a, say, dog, is not a unitary atom but is composed of a bunch of property representations, each a representation in its own right. This was already common knowledge realized by various types pf physicalists when they were trying to causally explain mental states from neurobiological physical states, ...


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