What is the `accordion effect'? Give an example of an action and show how
this effect arises in your example. How does it relate to Searles analysis of
In Intentionality, Searle states: it is a remarkable and little-noted fact of
human and animal
Briefly outline Descartes' distinction between mind and body. What problems
does the distinction create for Descartes? Can these problems be solved?
Descartes says that the mind and body are two different and distinct substances.
One is material, the othe
Study Questions Part II
What is the difference between `type-type' and `token-token' identity theories?
What reasons are there to reject the former type of theory in favor of the
*A token is a particular event that happens at a particular time for
Part II. Cognitive Science
6. "Cognitive Science does not study the brain at the level of folk psychology (the
level of consciousness and Intentionality) nor does it study the level of neurobiology
but rather it studies the intermediate, computational lev
Describe what Searle calls the Cognitivist model of the mind. How does this
model attempt to circumvent the objections to computational functionalism
suggested by Searle's `Chinese Room' argument?
Cognitivist model of the mind The brain is a universal Tur
"Intentionality rises to the level of Background skill." Explain this statement
and give an example in support of it.
A person's intention is bound by the skills they posses and cannot surpass them. You
use as much skill as you have in order to be maximal
What is the connection principle'? What does it imply regarding the ontology
of unconscious mental states? What motivations are there for accepting such
The Connection Principle claims that our notion of the unconscious is
Subjective character of experience: cannot be captured by any of the reductive
analyses of the mental. Objective = description of facts (ex: humans describing all
facts about bat echolocation) Subjective= the first person point of view that comes
Part III. Intentionality
Briefly explain the following notions:
What is is that one asserts, promises, orders etc
-Sam smokes habitually.
Does Sam smoke habitually?
Sam, smoke habitually!
Would that Sam smoked habitually
Part I: The Mind Body Problem
1. What exactly is the mind-body problem? Why do most contemporary
philosophers reject the Cartesian answer to this problem? Critically examine one of
the anti-dualist solutions to the mind-body problem.
The Mind-Body Problem
Cartesian conception = Dualism
Descartes not inventor of dualism, but one of the most famous proponents of it
- 2 substances: mind and body, make up the immortal soul of individuals
Essence Thinking, conscious
Extension (having special dim