Saturday lecture and forum

Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines
Patrick Grim, SUNY Stony Brook
Video (DVD)
24 lectures: Dec[masked] - Jun[masked]

Each 30 min video lecture is followed by one hour long moderated discussion. Attendance is open. New members are welcome!

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  • Gene R.

    I have posted some comments and links regarding these issues to an APDG discussion forum. It's a better spot for a continuous discussion than posting things here into the meeting comments. IMHO.

    February 1, 2013

  • James I D.

    Reductionism can be useful in addressing the problem of consciousness. Mind is antecedent to consciousness.
    Not sure what is necessary and sufficient for mind, but these are characteristic of mind:
    1.Intentionality: Pointing toward, attending to some target, i.e. directedness.
    2.Responsiveness: Reacting and adjusting to external influences.
    3.Memory: Future behavior influenced by prior interactions.
    4. Measure of predictability: Repeating behaviors under similar conditions.
    5.Measure of unpredictability: Some surprising behaviors are unpredictable.
    6.Inexplicable characteristics: An unknowable inner existence.
    Many creatures have these characteristics but so do quantum particles; hence they do not guarantee consciousness. Consciousness involves subjective states of mind (qualia), i.e. information that can be shared only symbolically. Symbolic communication is empirical evidence for consciousness, and is far more complex, if not exclusive, among humans than among animals.

    January 28, 2013

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