functionalism

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November 18, 2016

 

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The Functionalist argues that the process of calculation is simply released by the hardware. Therefore, the software is a function of the hardware. We can take our computer example and translate that into terms of the brain. Mental states are dependent upon brain states in the same way that the functions of a computer program are dependent upon computer hardware...
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The way Functionalists speak about this is to say that brain states help to realize mental states and that the mind is in fact a total functional system. By this they mean that a mind is made up of the total possible functional (mental) states that it can have and that these interact with the "inputs" and each other in order to produce "outputs...
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