Reticular Formation: neuron network from spinal chord to Thalamus
When cats reticular formation was electrically stimulated it was aroused from
sleep, when reticular formation was severed, cat fell into a coma.
conclusion: activity in ret
IDEALISM versus MATERIALISM
Everything is mental
Ordinary things are collections of ideas
Arguments from relativity
What I directly see is round
What you directly see is elliptical
One and the same thing cannot be both round and elliptical
What I dire
The Turing Test
*Turing broke German Enigma code in WWII
A computer is intelligent if and only if it can pass the Turing Test
A computer passes the Turing Test if and only if the judge cannot tell
the difference between the computer and the person.
PROBLEMS FOR FUNCTIONALISM
1) The Spectrum Inversion Problem
2) The Chinese Room Example
3) The China Body Problem
The Spectrum Inversion Problem
It might be the case that your color experiences are
character relative to mine.
PERSONS AND PERSONAL IDENTITY III
MIGHT PERSONS BE JUST LIVE HUMAN
A new objection:
Suppose my brain is put inside your skull and connected to
your body and likewise for your brain and my body.
Afterward, where am I?
I am where
PERSONS AND PERSONAL IDENTITY II
Is personal identity just bodily identity?
1) I know who I am when I wake in the morning without checking to
see if I have the same body .
2) I can imagine waking and finding that I have a different body fr
THE IDENTITY THEORY
Mental states are identical with brain processes.
The mind is identical with the brain.
X is identical with Y if and only if X and Y are one and the
X is identical with Y if and only if X and Y share ALL the
same properties. (ear
A theory of mental state types.
Functionalism goes naturally with the token identity theory.
MAIN MOTIVATION: To account for the multiple realizability of
Key idea: what makes something going on in my brain a pain or a
THE MIND AS A NATURALLY EVOLVED
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 Informati
The view that everything that
Determined here usually
Every event has a cause.
If determinism is true then every thing that happens is caused by previously
existing conditions, and these in turn are caused by conditi