In What Sense Does the Brain Compute?

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In this paper I analyse the notion of computation in the physical world and argue against the widely held view that merely implementing the 'right' sort of computational procedure is sufficient to transform a given configuration of matter and energy into a genuinely mental system. In-stead, I advocate a more scientifically plausible version of the Computa-tional Theory of Mind, wherein the interpretation of the brain as a compu-tational device should (i) provide the theoretical bridge between high level intentional states and causally efficacious physical structure, and (ii) sup-ply the integrated key for predicting both future brain states viewed as im-plementations of abstract computational states, and output behaviour viewed in cognitive terms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing and Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from IACAP 2014
EditorsV. C. Müller
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-23291-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-23290-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSynthese Library
PublisherSpringer International Publishing


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