02-Philosophy-pt1 - INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE SCIENCE PSYCH...

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    INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE SCIENCE PSYCH 1102/COGST 1101/LING 1170/ PHIL 1910/CS 1710
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    Philosophy Dualism: Why we need the mind                Psychology                Neuroscience Linguistics Science Philosophy                Mind?
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    Outline What is the mind? And what purpose does it serve? Dualism defined Descartes, plus some even older dead philosophers The mind-body problem The big problem for dualism Three solutions? Interactionism, parallelism & epiphenomenalism Some other problems? Things for Dualists to consider
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    What is the mind? And what purpose does it serve?
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    What is the mind? A quick poll: Is there something it is like to be a human? … to be a blackberry? … to be a robot?
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    What is the mind? Is there  something it is like To see a shiny red apple
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    What is the mind? Is there  something it is like To eat delicious food
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    What is the mind? Is there  something it is like To feel pain
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    What is the mind? Is there  something it is like To experience love
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    What is the mind? Qualia (singular  quale ) The qualitative, experiential or felt qualities of  mental states What it is like to be you, that it is not like to  be a robot (or a zombie)
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    What is the mind? The brain is  physical 3 pounds of amino acids & proteins Structured as neurons, synapses & chemical  messenger systems
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    What is the mind? Qualia are non-physical (i.e.  mental ) cannot be investigated purely by  investigating physical properties An MRI might show activity in the brain, but  NOT what the experience is
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    What is the mind? Intuitively brain & mind are different  things The  mind  is the locus of qualia Our conscious experience of the world “What it is like to be me”
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    Dualism defined Descartes, plus some even older dead  philosophers
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