homuncular functionalism

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An intelligent system, or mind, may fruitfully be thought of as the result of a number of sub-systems per-forming more simple tasks in co-ordination with each other. The sub-systems may be envisaged as homunculi, or small, relatively stupid agents. The archetype is a digital computer, where a battery of switches capable of only one response (on or off) can make up a machine that can play chess, write dictionaries, etc.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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