How Much of the Mind is a Computer?

  • D. H. Mellor
Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 7)

Abstract

How much of the mind is a computer? Computational psychologists, who ‘see psychology as the study of the various computational processes whereby mental representations are constructed, organised and transformed’, 1say that most if not all of it is. I think they are wrong. Most of the mind is not a computer: most mental processes are not computations.

Keywords

Intrinsic Property Information Function Propositional Attitude Computational Theory Semantic Function 
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Notes

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. H. Mellor
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyCambridge UniversityUK

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