There Is Only One Mind/Body Problem

Harnad, Stevan (1992) There Is Only One Mind/Body Problem. [Conference Paper] (Unpublished)

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In our century a Frege/Brentano wedge has gradually been driven into the mind/body problem so deeply that it appears to have split it into two: The problem of "qualia" and the problem of "intentionality." Both problems use similar intuition pumps: For qualia, we imagine a robot that is indistinguishable from us in every objective respect, but it lacks subjective experiences; it is mindless. For intentionality, we again imagine a robot that is indistinguishable from us in every objective respect but its "thoughts" lack "aboutness"; they are meaningless. I will try to show that there is a way to re-unify the mind/body problem by grounding the "language of thought" (symbols) in our perceptual categorization capacity. The model is bottom-up and hybrid symbolic/nonsymbolic.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:mind/body problem, qualia, intentionality, Turing test, Total Turing Test
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:1625
Deposited By: Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:19 Jun 2001
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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