Philosophy of mind

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  • Logical Behaviorism And Dualism In The Philosophy Of Mind

    Substance Dualism is a theory of mind that asserts the thesis that there exists the mind (nonphysical) and the body (physical) and that they are two distinct substances. Moreover, it identifies a being immediately with their mind and only secondarily with their body. Logical Behaviorism is branch of philosophical behaviorism. Behaviorism, essentially, is the thesis that mental states, if they exist, are identical to behavioral states. Logical Behaviorism posits that descriptions of mental states are reducible to descriptions of behavioral states. So for example, to say someone is in pain is to say they are exhibiting the behaviors usually associated with pain. Further, it posits that all that one needs to know about mental states can be observed through…

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  • John Searle's Theory Of Dualism In Philosophy Of Mind

    When talking about dualism in Philosophy of mind we recognize is the theory that the mental and the physical are in sense different from one another. John Searle is an American philosopher who states that there is no more a mind and body problem. He is careful to maintain that the domain of experience and understanding is autonomous. Meaning that it has no counterpart on microlevel. But as we already know not everyone thinks in the same way, like Renè Descartes who believed that the mind makes…

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  • I Artificial Intelligence By Steven Spielberg: Movie Analysis

    A.I Artificial Intelligence, a film by Steven Spielberg, tells the Pinocchio-esque story of David, a robotic boy who goes on a journey, in search of a Blue Fairy, so that he can become a real boy and earn the love of Monica, his human mother. Dealing with the idea of artificial intelligence and the question of whether or not a machine can have a mind, this film touches on the philosophy of John. R Searle - whose main thought experiment, The Chinese Room, argues that no matter how a computer…

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  • Dualism: The Pros And Cons Of Functionalism

    What is functionalism? The Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy defines it as “Functionalism is a theory about the nature of mental states. […] mental states are identified by what they do rather than by what they are made of.” It is a way of defining consciousness that can account for both problems of mental causation and multiple realization which seemed to be problematic in two other definitions of Behaviourism and Identity Theory. The pros and cons of the theory revolve around the questions…

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  • Empiricism Vs Dualism

    The nature of the mind in relation to the body is a widely debated and unsolved topic that has plagued the human quest for truth. The question has deep philosophical roots and has several titles, for example, the mind-body problem, mind-body interaction problem, or the hard problem of consciousness. Prima facie, the question may appear unnecessary as we ourselves obviously have minds, and we can physically feel and experience the world around us. Descartes famously stepped up the game on this…

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  • Nozick's Arguments To The Experience Machine

    pleasure from this experience and limited pain, however, we are inclined to value the effort given to the action just as much as the outcome. This suggests that pleasure is not the most important element to overall well-being. Whilst unaware of this at the time, the satisfaction cannot be considered true satisfaction as it has not met my criteria of desires. This kind of blissful ignorance whilst in the machine surely doesn’t outweigh the risk of true satisfaction in reality. The machine is…

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  • Argument Against Artificial Intelligence

    In “ Is the Brain’s Mind a Computer Program, “ John R. Searle presents an interesting argument against strong artificial intelligence proponents. Believers of strong artificial intelligence contend that a computer that can pass the Turing test is displaying cognitive ability. The Turing test basically states that if a computer can function in such a way that an expert can not distinguish its performance from that of a human who has a certain cognitive ability, such as the ability to understand a…

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  • Self Portrait In A Convex Mirror Analysis

    confusions, nullifying possibility of a neat answer to this poem. Likewise, Davidson views the paradoxes and subordinate syntax as an attempt to defer closure (75). These perspective looks at the poem outside of the context of the painting when the two exists symbiotically. Heffernan points out” the poem has begun by suggesting that Parmigiano’s way of representing himself might serve as a model for the poet’s own project in self-representation” (185), suggesting there has to be visible…

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  • Interpersonal Communication Self Analysis

    relationship really determines who you are more than who the other person is. It truly shows your position in many aspects of life and how you react to certain occurrences. For example, it is difficult to say this and a bit embarrassing but I have never been in an actual relationship. It is always something informal that may be romantic and magnetic for about a two moth period which quickly ends there after. It has been with several girls that I find attractive but as I truly get to now them I…

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  • A Placebo Is Wrong

    state the person 's mind and body have to be in complete synchronization. The mind is separate from the body , yet when they both want the same thing a person enters a state in which nothing else matters but the task at hand. There are very few people that can achieve this state, but those who do achieve this state stand out from the rest. Athletes use this state…

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