Category: Neuroscience & Mind
Can Animals Be Taught Concepts?
With enough cheese snacks on hand, I can train my Bichon Frise to bark when I point to “4” rather than “3” or “5” after I ask “What is 2 + 2?”
Functionalism in Philosophy of the Mind
The functionalist perspective is often expressed by quip, “The mind is what the brain does.”
Is Your Brain a Computer?
The most popular argument against functionalism is John Searle’s Chinese Room argument.
Fallacies of Contemporary Neuroscience: "A Vast Collection of Answers, with No Memory of the Questions"
Here is a stunningly accurate way to describe the modern fallacy of attributing mental acts to physical brain processes.
Scientism and Bertrand Russell’s Neutral Monism
Russell was an atheist, but not a materialist. His observations on philosophy of the mind are of surprising relevance today.