Friday, August 24, 2007

Philosophy of Mind (Audio from Wikipedia)

I have just posted my 42 minute audio reading of the Wikipedia article on Philosophy of Mind. It is in a format called .ogg (something like .mp3), though you can also listen to the audio file in your browser by using Wikipedia's built-in Java player.


"Philosophy of Mind" article.
"Philosophy of Mind" audio (.mp3)


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At 8:28 PM, Blogger brinticus said...

A .mp3 version of the Philosophy of Mind article is here.

At 1:42 AM, Anonymous w0lph said...

Ah, the wonders of the WIKI!

It would make sense to argue that:

i. if we know the individual components of a system, then we understand that system
ii. if we know the individual parts of the brain, then we understand the whole brain.
iii. we can know all of the individual parts of the brain

Therefore, we understand the brain.

Of course, the semantics of "understand" and "know" make one assume the premise "to know is to understand". However, I am not sure that that is not a false schema. Let me define understand as "the ability to synthesize from the knowledge". Already, you can see the diffusion of knowledge/understanding. If we are to make a brain, then we must know the individual parts, yes...but to what extent do those individual parts comprise the entire brain? Furthermore, to what extent does that comprise a mind?

My argument is that if the mind is not explicit in it components, then we cannot understand it (synthesize it). It may very well be that it is not that we do not understand the mind, but rather that we CANNOT understand the mind: it is meaningless to talk about something that does not have causal relationships to material entities.


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