LR 23 - Kevin Menear Minds and Machines Section 4 10/28/05...

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Kevin Menear Minds and Machines Section 4 10/28/05 Lecture Response #3: An Argument for Evolution In Thursday’s lecture, Selmer Bringsjord briefly explained an argument against the theory of evolution. Bringsjord presents his argument in the following form: (1) If people are the product of evolution, they were produced by an algorithmic process (= by a process at or below the Turing Limit). (2) Theorem Ã: No algorithmic process can produce a device capable of hypercomputation. (3) People are capable of hypercomputation. (4) People were not produced by an algorithmic process. (from 3 and 4) (5) People aren’t the product of evolution. (from 4 and 1) (Bringsjord 23) This argument, in it’s presented form, can be very convincing. Even the most fact-hardened scientist may begin to question his beliefs on the theory of evolution. Yet, there is one underlying factor that may serve to undermine Brinsjord’s entire argument: What if evolution was not an algorithmic process? Bringsjord’s argument clearly states that people (specifically, their brains) are capable of
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course IHSS IHSS 1051 taught by Professor Vanorman during the Spring '08 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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LR 23 - Kevin Menear Minds and Machines Section 4 10/28/05...

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