Explaining the Mind: Problems, Problems

Harnad, Stevan (2001) Explaining the Mind: Problems, Problems The Sciences, 41, (2), pp. 36-43.


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The mind/body problem is the feeling/function problem: How and why do feeling systems feel? The problem is not just "hard" but insoluble (unless one is ready to resort to telekinetic dualism). Fortunately, the "easy" problems of cognitive science (such as the how and why of categorization and language) are not insoluble. Five books (by Damasio, Edelman/Tononi, McGinn, Tomasello and Fodor) are reviewed in this context.

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Additional Information: Appeared under the title "No Easy Way Out". Review of: The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio Damasio A Universe of Consciousness by Gerald M. Edelman and Giulio Tononi The Mysterious Flame by Colin McGinn The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition by Michael Tomasello The Mind Doesn't Work That Way by Jerry A. Fodor
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Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2001
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 23:13
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/255943

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