A222 – week 22 – Functionalism

As a fully paid-up subscriber to materialism (as opposed to Descartes’ hilarious dualism) as an explanation of the mind, I found this week a bit light. A lot of looking at identifying things as types and tokens to avoid ambiguity (and blow Descartes out of the water), allowing multiple realisation (well duh), and a thought experiment of outsourcing neurons to China that doesn’t really work (and if it did then I don’t have a problem with that, so it doesn’t work as an objection to functionalism as a computer doing the work of a brain would be a mind for me).

Still, nice to have a lightish week as it allows me to get some extra knitting time in (I’ve got a couple of projects that have an impending deadline).

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