Re: What Is the Mind?

From: Dunsdon, Graham (
Date: Fri Feb 14 1997 - 10:12:32 GMT

> On Wed, 12 Feb 1997 11:49:33 GMT wrote:
> Cognitive science is the study of the human mind as an information
> processing system. As such it seeks to utilise any method in its power
> to quantitatively model the mind. It seems that a huge aspect of what
> it is to be human is ignored by this definition as humans are both
> spiritual and emotional beings. Thus as I see it cogitive science deals
> only with one of several aspects of what it is to be human. To take
> its concepts and believe they are an absolute model of how people are
> seems to me to be very dangerous, as this would lead to a very
> mechanistic view of people which manifestly we are not.-- Niel Ryan

Niel, I believe we have been told that cogsci has a long way to go
before it can (if ever) provide an absolute model of 'how peple are'. I
think cogsci is using machine logic to assist in progressing our
understanding of how the mind/brain might 'work'- a huge task, but no
more than that. Have I perhaps been brainwashed already by these cogsci
zealots, I hope not?! Dunsdon, Graham.

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