Saturday, April 17, 2010

Who Supports Revolutionary EC? 2

Probably Susan Hurley:
Mycroft is a human being, not a machine.  But his brain was programmed by a Martian philosopher who abandoned him when she no longer had a use for him.  Most of his ‘thinking’ is done from his armchair.  On the other hand, Marlowe’s network was trained in part by a linguistic upbringing and education and is continuously tuned by his robust sensori-motor interactions with his environment,

Marlowe’s title to genuine thought is more secure than Mycroft’s, anchored precisely by his ongoing interactions with his environment.  If either, it is Mycroft who is the mere mimicker of thought, the appropriate object of zombie or marionette worries.
(Hurley, 1998, p. 4).
Hurley, S. Vehicles, contents, conceptual structures, and externalism.  Analysis 1998 58(1):1-6

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