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Cognition Is Not Computation: The Argument from Irreversibility

Selmer Bringsjord and Michael Zenzen
Synthese
Vol. 113, No. 2 (Nov., 1997), pp. 285-320
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20117691
Page Count: 36
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Cognition Is Not Computation: The Argument from Irreversibility
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Abstract

The dominant scientific and philosophical view of the mind -- according to which, put starkly, cognition is computation -- is refuted herein, via specification and defense of the following new argument: Computation is reversible; cognition isn't; ergo, cognition isn't computation. After presenting a sustained dialectic arising from this defense, we conclude with a brief preview of the view we would put in place of the cognition-is-computation doctrine.

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