On the nature of minds, or: truth and consequences

@article{Edelman2008OnTN,
  title={On the nature of minds, or: truth and consequences},
  author={Shimon Edelman},
  journal={Journal of Experimental \& Theoretical Artificial Intelligence},
  year={2008},
  volume={20},
  pages={181 - 196}
}
  • S. Edelman
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence
Are minds really dynamical or are they really symbolic? Because minds are bundles of computations, and because computation is always a matter of interpretation of one system by another, minds are necessarily symbolic. Because minds, along with everything else in the universe, are physical, and insofar as the laws of physics are dynamical, minds are necessarily dynamical systems. Thus, the short answer to the opening question is ‘yes’. It makes sense to ask further whether some of the… 

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