Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Bill Benzon (
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 12:39:38 -0400

Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 12:39:38 -0400
From: Bill Benzon <>
Subject: Re: On Gatherer's behaviourist stance

Paul Marsden wrote:

> Precisely it is just a model and has nothing to do with what is occurring in
> the brain, so it makes no sense to talk of them as internal mnemons or
> whatever - they are not internal at all they are abstract models.

But they are abstract models of a process that is happening somewhere. Now, it
could be that they are happening in an immaterial soul; but I doubt that many
cognitive scientists believe in such things. They probably believe that it is
happening in the brain. Now, they may not believe that they are modelling the
bottom-level brain processes. But they are, at some level, brain processes.

A computer program written in, for example, C++, is certainly executed in a
computer. Now, the instructions which are actually executing on the CPU aren't
C++ instructions; they're machine code, machine code that implements C++
commands and constructions.

Bill B

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