Functionalism

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  • Chinese Room Argument Analysis

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    are simply minds similar to ours, but which use programs and algorithms instead of messages between neurons. If someone could create a program that would pass the Turing test, or in other words, be indistinguishable from a human, it would prove functionalism is correct, and therefore that Descartes is correct. However, there are contenders about even whether or not it would be possible for that kind of program to be made. A famous example would be John Searle’s Chinese Room

  • Artificial Sentience Essay

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    The use of computers has pervaded the life of every human being. At every street corner there are machines to be found that have been designed to simplify our lives and take over the mundane jobs that no longer require human intervention. One only needs to think of automated teller machines replacing bank tellers, vending machines phasing out street vendors, or near-infallible CCTV watching over us as policemen and sheriffs once did, to realise the extent that technology has enhanced and improved

  • The 's Theory Of Biological Naturalism

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    perspective, and discuss how it provides a sufficient and an insufficient account of conscious mental phenomena. Functionalism claims that mental states are nothing but functional, causal relations between elements in the brain, such as beliefs and desires, and the external world. First, I analyze the given statement from a functionalist stance. Then, I discuss possible objections to functionalism focusing on the notion of “qualia” and John Searle’s notion of the Background. Finally, I shall conclude with

  • Functionalism

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    philosophers to explain their understanding about the mind. Dualism, Behaviorism and Identity Theory are well-known theories supported by well-written explanations. A modern theory, Functionalism has been proposed that provides great insight to the main problem philosophers deal with, the mind/body problem. Functionalism was developed as a combination of the Behaviorist theory and the Identity theory. Behaviorism believes being in a mental state is the same as a physical state, which is an observable

  • Aesthetics Should Never Take Precedence Over Function Essay

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    College Dictionary (Please do not use the encyclopedia or the dictionary to open your essay--way too high school.) defines aesthetics as "The branch of philosophy that provides a theory of the beautiful and of the fine arts" (18). The definition of Functionalism is defined by Webster's as "The doctrine that the function of an object should determine its design and materials" (453). Now, if the function of an object decides

  • Questions On The Chinese Room

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    In Minds, Brains, and Programs John Searle objects to Computational Theory of Mind (CTM), particularly that running a program on a computer and manipulating symbols does not mean that the computer has understanding, or more generally a mind. In this paper I will first explain Searle’s Chinese Room, then I will explain CTM and how it relates to the Chinese Room. Following this I will describe how the Chinese Room attacks the CTM. Next I will explain the Systems Reply to the Chinese Room and how

  • The Mind And Machines, An Oxymoron?

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    dualism and functionalism. Language is a method considered by both sides as evidence of thought and provides the test for intelligence. This essay will look at Descartes’ objections and Turing’s arguments for whether machine can ever think. This essay will argue that Turing’s, and the functionalist, view is correct. It questions whether Turing’s test provides sufficient evidence of machine intelligence, and uses Searle’s Chinese room to explain why intentionality matters. Functionalism and

  • The Turing Test And The Theory Of Computer System

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    “Can a machine think?” Is a long lived question humans have had? If a machine can think then it must have the same intelligence as a human, then right? If a machine has human intelligence, then does that mean it has a mind of its own? It is desired by many humans to know if one day the answers to all these questions could be yes. In hopes of figuring this out, a testing method was created called the Turing Test. This test was created by an English mathematician named Alan Turing in the 1940s and

  • The Theory Of Functional Analysis

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    The word “Church” to a religious person has more meaning than just a building where people meet once a week. To a religious person the word “Church” means the body of Christ. The body of Christ is made up of every person’s personal strengths that work together to form the entire body to live out a purpose. Church’s operate on this manner; they do not see one another as superior necessarily, but rather everyone as equal and possessing their own strengths to create a fully operational team to glorify

  • Modularity of Mind

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    In 1983 Jerry Fodor opened the introduction to his new research of “Modularity of mind” with the phrase; “Behavior is organized, but the organization of behavior is merely derivative”. This meaning that behaviors are simply imitations, never original nor created. Fodor created a theory of how the mind was structured and how would perform. He studied the architecture of mind in modules; a term that will describe that the mind had different specific structures that had precise purposes. Jesse J. Prinz