Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id SAA14852 (8.6.9/5.3[ref firstname.lastname@example.org] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from email@example.com); Thu, 11 Oct 2001 18:09:33 +0100 Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 13:27:15 +0100 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Memes in brain Message-ID: <20011011132715.B1833@ii01.org> References: <200110091917.OAA23695@snipe.biotech.ufl.org> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Disposition: inline User-Agent: Mutt/1.3.15i In-Reply-To: <200110091917.OAA23695@snipe.biotech.ufl.org>; from email@example.com on Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 02:17:11PM -0500 From: Robin Faichney <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 02:17:11PM -0500, Derek Gatherer wrote:
> Cognitive science is all about the mind.
> The mind? Hmm... I think it's more to do with the neurological correlates
> of behaviours, emotions, decision making, even morality (see the fascinating paper
> in Science 239, 2105-2108 An fMRI investigation of emotional engagement in moral
Cognitive science is not primarily about neurology. The focus is on
functionality. Leaving "neurological correlates" aside, the rest of
what you mention there sounds very "mind-like" to me. The supernatural
interpretation of "mind" is a straw man.
> As far as the mind goes, I think probably follow Dennett in not believing it
I'd be grateful for a reference on that.
> To pursue your chess analogy, it's like looking at the chess pieces
> but then asking to see the chess set. (c.f. Ryle's man who wanders around
> every Oxford college looking for 'the university')
So you think chess sets and universities don't really exist? Seems like
rather a useless usage of "real", to me.
How about this: the trajectory of a missile can be accurately tracked
and recorded using the appropriate instrumentation. Is that trajectory
real, or not?
-- Robin Faichney alt.m: "Memes do not exist. Tell everyone you know." inside information -- http://www.ii01.org/
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