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What are the problems with the argument for the mind-body dualism from immateriality of thoughts?

This argument is a variation on what Kitcher calls the "rational psychologist's fallacy" in Kant's Transcendental Psychology. It is a particular case of the argument from ignorance fallacy, and was ...
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From a functionalist point of view: when is an algorithm an A.I., and when is it just software?

The position of functionalists on AI is similar to the position of compatibilists on free will in two important respects. First, they distance themselves from the Cartesian idea that there is some ...
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On a reductionist/functionalist account of consciousness, would we have ethical obligations toward robots?

If robots achieve (human-level) consciousness, we likely wouldn't have a good differentiating criteria between human and robot for ethical consideration. On a related note, vegans argue that we don't ...
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On a reductionist/functionalist account of consciousness, would we have ethical obligations toward robots?

This is easy to approach with the proper definitions. Morals are a set of rules which improve social interactions (for multiple goals, for example, survival: it is not moral to kill because it reduces ...
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Seeking Help on Cartesian Dualism and the Mind-Body Relationship

From what I understand, Cartesian dualism asserts that the mind and body are two separate substances that interact with each other Be mindful that the term 'substance' in philosophy means something ...
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Seeking Help on Cartesian Dualism and the Mind-Body Relationship

See this question and answers for a variety of contemporary resources: Contemporary proponents of Cartesian dualism Additionally, since that answer, I have encountered Graham Martin, who wrote two ...
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Can behaviourism account for qualia?

It seems answer is no. In fact, qualia is one of argument against Behaviourism. For example, some zoombie can behaves exactly as Praying to God and chanting God's name but without any 'feelings' of ...
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What is Searle's argument against machine functionalism?

Functionalism is the view that mental states are nothing but the mental functions being performed. That is, there is no underlying mental "substance," for the lack of a better term, other than the ...
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What are the problems with the argument for the mind-body dualism from immateriality of thoughts?

Of course, sensations and other mental processes are not material. Electrochemical processes were unknown to Descartes. His characterization of res extensa derives from the restricted mechanical view ...
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What are the problems with the argument for the mind-body dualism from immateriality of thoughts?

I think that argument would have been very effective a few hundred years ago. However, science has been clawing away at Premise 3. It is no longer immediately obvious that sensations have no shape ...
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What is the relationship between cognition and qualia?

There is a reason for qualia, i.e. it serves a critical purpose. Due to the significance of certain cognitive data, that data must be 'experienced.' It cannot be properly processed by blind non-...
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Cloning: Will you be the same person?

Identity is an ambiguous notion. (1) The Morning Star and the Evening Star are identical in the sense that they are one and the same object, namely the planet Venus. In contrast (2) two items coming ...
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Seeking Help on Cartesian Dualism and the Mind-Body Relationship

I would argue that it's about the status of mathematics, and that Mathematical Platonists are necessarily substance dualists - so include modern thinkers like say Max Tegmark (eg his book The ...
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Do qualia bring about issues for functionalism?

Yes, qualia very much pose a problem for functionalism -- that is what they were articulated to point out. Mary can functionally do vision science, but EXPERIENCING vision adds something to her ...
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Trouble understanding how the Chinese room experiment refutes computer functionalism

This is one of the most-discussed arguments in the philosophy of mind. The discussion encompasses almost every important topic in the discipline. As such, I won't touch on its implications and ...
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Logical behaviorism vs Functionalism

Short Answer Both behaviorism and functionalism are related to the philosophy of mind, but they do so in slightly different ways. Functionalism is an idea about the relationship between material ...
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How can mathematical results impact the physical world?

How can we think of such a causal influence of an abstract property on the physical world? ... Is anyone aware of references addressing this issue? Well, one way to address this issue is through ...
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Functionalism and potential causation

This is an attempt to a formal, not mathematical description. Like mathematics and logic, systems are part of metaphysics, but there is no agreement on the formal description of systems. Mind maps, ...
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Are Boltzmann brains conscious under functionalism?

The argument isn't really about brains floating in a vacuum any more than Schrödinger's cat argument is about cats. You can add bodies and an environment for the brains if you like. E.g., you could ...
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Turing Test and Functionalism

If a machine can function in a way that there is no discernible difference between the machine and an actual human mind, (perfectly pass every Turing test) then functionalism would seem to say that we ...
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Does functionalism of the mind allow for free will?

Does functionalism of the mind allow for free will? Functionalism is the view that the mind is the function that a physical realizer plays. A physical realizer can be a human brain, computer chip, ...
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Does functionalism of the mind allow for free will?

Does functionalism of the mind allow for free will? Guill said, "However, before I got up, I remembered that there was ice cream in the freezer, so when I got to the refrigerator, I got ice cream ...
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Does functionalism of the mind allow for free will?

I agree with functionalism and I agree with free will. The way that I rationalize this is with the analogy to quantum mechanics. You can measure the speed of a particle with precision, but not its ...
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Does functionalism of the mind allow for free will?

I think that we "get in trouble" when we think that some of these theories are "mutually exclusive" instead of thinking one is good at explaining a portion of our selves and another is good at ...
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From a functionalist point of view: when is an algorithm an A.I., and when is it just software?

Consider the specific questions. Question 2: Has the question of agency been studied in philosophy of mind and philosophy of artificial intelligence? Regardless of what has been done, one can start ...
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From a functionalist point of view: when is an algorithm an A.I., and when is it just software?

Let me start by stating that all algorithms are "just software." There are two types of software: 1) Software that performs the same function over time, and 2) one who's function changes over time. ...
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