Computationalism - COMPUTATIONALISM THE MIND AS A NATURALLY...

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COMPUTATIONALISM THE MIND AS A NATURALLY EVOLVED COMPUTER Empirical proposal about how actual minds work. Does not apply to all imaginable or possible minds. Compatible with both the identity theory and functionalism. Basic Assumption: Minds are Information Processing Systems. Information gets deposited by the senses, stored, retrieved and manipulated. The mind uses the information to control behavior Much of the stored information is unconscious . The most sophisticated information processing system we have is the computer. We understand well how computers manipulate information . So, a reasonable scientific hypothesis is that the mind is a computer . CHARACTERISTICS OF COMPUTERS Computers store information in symbols. They manipulate symbols according to rules .
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They have input keys : physical energy is inputted (depressing a key) and symbols are generated. They have procedures that transform symbols into outputs (illuminated monitor screens) THE HUMAN MIND Unconsciously, human minds manipulate
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2012 for the course PSY 303 taught by Professor Lewis during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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