No Easy Way Out

Harnad, Stevan (2001) No Easy Way Out. [Journal (Paginated)]


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The mind/body problem is the feeling/function problem: How and why do feeling systems feel? The problem is not just "hard" but insoluble (unless one is ready to resort to telekinetic dualism). Fortunately, the "easy" problems of cognitive science (such as the how and why of categorization and language) are not insoluble. Five books (by Damasio, Edelman/Tononi, McGinn, Tomasello and Fodor) are reviewed in this context.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:consciousness, mind/body problem, language, meaning, feeling, function, functionalism. Turing Test, other-minds-problem, qualia, telekinesis, telepathy, dualism, epiphenomenalism, language, categorization, neural nets, emotion, Fodor, Chomsky
Subjects:Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Computer Science > Neural Nets
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:1624
Deposited By: Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:19 Jun 2001
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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