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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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If logical pluralism is true, there might not be a fundamental kind of reasoning. The consequence relation might differ from case to case so that not only do reasons vary from case to case, but how those reasons are reasons varies, too. In mathematics, for example, it might make sense to apply normal deductive logic to relatively infinite sets but ...


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The brain created all those reasoning methods. When you ask for the "most basic" reasoning, you're asking how the brain works innately, according to our genes. Somehow, the brain builds models of the world and itself, updates and corrects or discards the models as new information comes in, and uses these models to achieve objectives like "get ...


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Reasoning is a fairly general and vague term. At ultimate neural science level, our reasoning may be just eliminated to an illusion, since at this synaptic/neural level our understanding and reasoning (at least in the right hemisphere of our brain) may not be based on any symbolic propositional language via any formal logic system instead it may be closer to ...


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