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Cells, Brains and Computers: Towards a Characterisation of Mind

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In chapter 10 we offered a characterisation of “life”. Now we shall suggest an analogous characterisation of “mind”. In chapter 17 we claimed that “mind is to brain as life is to cell”, that the relationship between livingness and the cell is analogous to the relationship between mind and the brain. Using this analogy, we shall try to throw some light on the mind-brain problem in a way that might prove acceptable to biologists and to others.

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Agutter, P.S., Wheatley, D.N. (2007). Cells, Brains and Computers: Towards a Characterisation of Mind. In: About Life. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5418-1_18

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