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Theories of the Mind

E. Brian Davies

in Science in the Looking Glass

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219186
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191711695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219186.003.0002
 Theories of the Mind

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This chapter discusses the beliefs of Plato and Descartes. It starts with a discussion of Plato, because many mathematicians declare themselves to be Platonists. It then turns to Descartes' argument that mind/soul and body/matter are entirely different types of entity. The final section of the chapter looks at the current debate about the problem of the existence of consciousness. It explains why current computers should not be regarded as conscious, and that we ourselves are conscious of only a small proportion of the activity in our brains.

Keywords: Plato; Descartes; mind-body dualism; mathematical Platonism; consciousness

Chapter.  13810 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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