Symbols, Images and Neural Nets

From: Cowley, CT (
Date: Wed Feb 12 1997 - 11:05:53 GMT

After the last lecture, (12,2,97) I was wondering exactly how analog,
and computation models actually help to explain the mind. It seems that
they are merely a way to describe what the brain can do, and to some
extent how it works. However, all of these things can be modeled on a
computer, and I would not believe that a computer, at least one capable
of symbol and image manipulation, has a mind. It does help to explain
how the brain works, but not how a self aware creature (ie us) actually
understands, and so I can't see how it helps our understanding of the
mind itself. Am I missing something very obvious?

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