How Many Philosophers Does It Take to Fill a Gap?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 52–53. Reviews the book, The Symbolic and Connectionist Paradigms: Closing the Gaps edited by John Dinsmore (1992). The heart also acts like a clock, but it is not one, even though it is referred to informally as a ticker. Right now it looks as if the brain is a computer, although in the past it has been thought of as a hologram generator and also as a radiator for the cooling of overheated blood. Inspired by the ecological movement within psychology, Searle's Chinese room argument is discussed in Chalmers's chapter called, “Subsymbolic Computation and the Chinese Room.” This chapter lays out the distinctions between symbolic and subsymbolic computation in a way that makes the rest of the book more readable. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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