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Why do some physicalists use the Turing Machine as a model of the brain?

A little background: there's a funny fact about computers that a very crude system with a primitive programming language can solve every computable problem (given enough memory). As we write better ...
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Why do some physicalists use the Turing Machine as a model of the brain?

The Church-Turing thesis suggests that any machine we can build is no more powerful than a Turing machine. It is possible to run an approximate numerical simulation of physics, on a computer. A ...
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How is AI changing our view of consciousness?

Wikipedia: Intelligence has been defined in many ways: the capacity for abstraction, logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, critical ...
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Does the computational theory of mind explain anything?

How is anything that happens in the mind reducible to something that happens by computation. As of 2023, nobody knows how the interesting parts of the mind (i.e., the feeling of "self" or ...
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Does the computational theory of mind explain anything?

Does the computational theory of mind explain anything? Obviously. It explains human thought and behavior in terms of physical computation (SEP). Whether or not you like the explanation shouldn't be ...
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Why do some physicalists use the Turing Machine as a model of the brain?

Short Answer It's not correct to say that AI researchers model the brain with Turing Machines (TMs), rather it's more accurate to say that AI researchers understand that the grammars of human language ...
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How is AI changing our view of consciousness?

Today it is an open question whether machines can develop consciousness. Neuroscience is searching for the neuronal correlates of consciousness (NCC), i.e for neuronal structures and activated ...
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If the brain can't think, what does?

If you are talking about thoughts as your experience of perceiving stuff, having emotions, formulating phrases in your head, remembering past perceptions or imagining unknown ones, taking decisions, ...
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How can the sensation of pain be explained materialistically?

Short Answer If you accept basic physicalism, and you accept science and a naturalized epistemology, then the explanation is that pain is a phenomenological experience that occurs because the physical ...
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Does the computational theory of mind explain anything?

You are correct that we have no reason to even speculate that "quality" can emerge out of abstract information. This is because not a single mathematical structure has been known to derive a ...
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Why do some physicalists use the Turing Machine as a model of the brain?

A world-view describing question. If you ask whether the Turing machine is a model of the brain, the answer tells more about the answerer than one might guess at first glance. Neither classical ...
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Can minds be uploaded in computers?

There are several different issues here: (1) It it possible in principle to scan your brain and create a mechanism of some sort that would completely duplicate your behavior? (2) If you could do (1) ...
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Does the computational theory of mind explain anything?

At this point in time, i am not aware of a single complete unifying computational model of mind. Instead "Computational model of mind" seems more of a paradigm expecting that an actual model ...
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Does the computational theory of mind explain anything?

A great question! And no, I don't think the computational theory explains much :) Even though technically valid, it's too general a description to be useful. It's like describing an mp3 player (...
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How is AI changing our view of consciousness?

It depends on who you ask. This is a live question, and different thinkers have different intuitions about it. We can start with a few of relatively uncontroversial observations: Consciousness is ...
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If the brain can't think, what does?

The mind and brain is a well-heeded distinction around which the issue of mind-body duality has existed since at least the Pre-Socratics. So, when you ask, if the brain doesn't hold thoughts, what ...
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What is the role of mental images in the perception of absence?

Calling it a mental image is an oversimplification of the logical quagmire of negation. This logic of the absence of knowledge has been extensively debated for millennia by Hindu and Buddhist ...
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Does the computational theory of mind explain anything?

You may have some questionable ideas about how science and philosophy works, and what the computational theory of mind is. The computational theory of mind states that the human mind is an information ...
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Does the computational theory of mind explain anything?

What it's attempting to explain is "why some thoughts take longer than others" (insert appropriate epistemic caveats here; it's been a long time since I've approached philosophy in anything ...
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What's the solution to the problem of other minds?

It's a related problem to solipsism: What are the best Arguments against solipsism? And the reality of unpercieved phenomena: Is there anyway to prove things happen/exist if I'm not aware of them? ...
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Why do some physicalists use the Turing Machine as a model of the brain?

Integers It's all about the integers. Turing machines are capable of computing any computable function. Therefore, the only way the brain cannot be mathematically described by a Turing machine is if ...
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How is AI changing our view of consciousness?

Welcome, Stas, You ask: How AI is Changing Our View of Consciousness? The most important way that AI affects the study of consciousness is that it helps to make philosophy of mind experimental in a ...
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Starting An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Will this be fun?

It will! I heartily recommend this Very Bad Wizards episode 249: PHLEGM AND CARELESSNESS (on Hume's essay "THE SCEPTIC"), as illustrative of how thoughtful readable and provocative Hume's ...
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If some people don't have an internal monologue, is that a problem for arguments for the existence of other minds?

You said: If I have an internal monologue and other people do not have an internal monologue, then it turns out that my mind is not similar to the minds of other people. So, this is a false ...
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Is there a mathematical grounding for functionalism?

The TLDR is Yes. There are mathematical models of minds that use functions. The paragraph covers them under the heading Machine State Functions and systems like the Turing Machine were modeled on the ...
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Does gender identity require a dualist account of consciousness?

I find four questions in your question. They are linked, so that is not complaint. "Does gender identity require a dualist account of consciousness"? NO. It requires a social perspective ...
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Why do some physicalists use the Turing Machine as a model of the brain?

I think this is just the case of software being more practical than hardware since the 1930s. They are essentially equivalent as Turing claimed. But not completely, since to have consciousness is to ...
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What's the solution to the problem of other minds?

The most significant lines in the linked SEP article come right at the beginning, where it says: [O]n closer inspection one finds there is little agreement either about the problem or the solution to ...
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Can minds be uploaded in computers?

In Science Fiction and in principle? Yes. In practice? No. The problem is not that you would need to simulate every neuron in the person's brain and all of the sensory input it receives from the ...
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Can minds be uploaded in computers?

Answer stitched together from original comments of the OP as best I could, quoting directly without edits (except typos): The physical state of my brain gives me consciousness. A simulated physical ...
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