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For your final paper, you will write an essay on the metaphor comparing the mind to a computer. Why do you think this has become the dominant metaphor in neuroscience? Is this an accurate description or is the mind something more? Discuss how Aristotle describes the intellect and the process of understanding and abstraction. How are the senses involved in the mind’s operation? Is there a part of the mind which is immaterial, or is everything reducible to brain states?

For your final paper, you will write an essay on the metaphor comparing the mind to a computer. Why do you think this has become the dominant metaphor in neuroscience? Is this an accurate description or is the mind something more? Discuss how Aristotle describes the intellect and the process of understanding and abstraction. How are the senses involved in the mind’s operation? Is there a part of the mind which is immaterial, or is everything reducible to brain states?

This is a popular discussion (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/feb/27/why-your-brain-is-not-a-computer-neuroscience-neural-networks-consciousness; https://aeon.co/essays/your-brain-does-not-process-information-and-it-is-not-a-computer) but for your sources I’d have you rely on Aristotle and Aquinas, Ed Feser has a good book on The Philosophy of Mind, Mortimer Adler’s book The Difference of Man and the Difference It Makes has some good ideas; James Reichmann’s Philosophy of the Human Person has some good chapters on intellection; and generally other academic articles you can pull from the library’s database. I like the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly since those people are usually pretty solid. Also, academic journal articles will probably be more available to you than books, unless the library has ebook versions of the ones I’ve listed.

The paper is 3-5 pages in length, double-spaced; 12-point font, 1 inch margins; Turabian format (title page, footnotes, and bibliography).

 

 

 

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