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Old 05-16-2019, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by wolfpup View Post
I'm wondering if you're familiar with the computational theory of mind and the fact that it's currently considered to be a major foundation of modern cognitive science, although it has its detractors. If not, you might find the link interesting reading, or if you are, perhaps you can elaborate on your apparent view that it isn't possible.

Or perhaps I'm misunderstanding what you mean by "computational", but it's fairly well defined in theories of cognition. In the briefest possible nutshell, CTM proposes that many or most (though not necessarily all) of our cognitive processes are computational in the sense that they are syntactic operations on symbolic mental representations. As such, these processes would have the important property of multiple realizability -- the logical operations could be just as well realized on a digital computer.
The CTM is one of those rare ideas that were both founded an dismantled by the same person (Hilary Putnam). Both were visionary acts, it's just that the rest of the world is a bit slower to catch up with the second one.

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