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Plausible Reasoning

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240686
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0006

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Plausible Reasoning

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The previous chapter argued that the brain-mind has information which is not available to a non-conscious computer. This chapter argues that the brain-mind does use such information. The broad proposition of this chapter is that the conscious brain-mind uses rational procedures which have not yet been fully expressed as formal procedures by philosophers or scientists, and which probably cannot be so expressed. The point is that a non-conscious computer could not reason, or process information, except in accordance with algorithms. If the brain-mind does use rational procedures which cannot be fully expressed as formal procedures, then it is not mechanistic. In short, human reason cannot be formalized; therefore it cannot be mechanized; therefore the brain-mind is not mechanistic.

Keywords: formal reasoning; legal reasoning; induction; Godel's Theorem; computer

Chapter.  20900 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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