Minds, Brains, Machines

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Minds, Brains, and Machines October 31, 2006 The kinds of things there are: Dualism (Two kinds of things) Monism (One kind of thing) -- only physical things (materialism) -- only mental things (Idealism) Three aspects of a mind - Cognitive (thought, knowledge, memory) - Affective (emotion, mood) - Experiential (sensation, consciousness) Mind as a set of dispositions - For Ryle, a mind is nothing but a huge collection of dispositions to behavior of various kinds, such as - Forgetful, a defensive chess player, dry sense of humor, rotten speller, crafty arguer, inept dresser, awesome bird spotter, good listener, impatient about formalities, affectionate - If you know enough about these “dispositional” features of a person, there is no further question to be asked about what his mind is like (To ask that question would be to commit a category mistake.) Deeper into dispositions - Salt has the dispositional property it does by virtue of its underlying crystalline structure - Glass is brittle (another dispositional property) by virtue of its internal structure
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Green during the Fall '06 term at UVA.

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