Not that long ago Sergio Graziosi wrote two guest posts for Conscious Entities blog. The blog is entirely devoted to the topic of consciousness – problems, theories, concepts, ideas, all there is to it. The blog is run by Peter Hankins, author of a book about the subject The Shadow of Consciousness (A Little Less Wrong).
In this post I would like to dissect ideas and arguments behind the idea of computationalism as the best means of understanding brains, minds, and maybe even consciousness.
In modern science and in popular belief mind is understood as a highly sophisticated computer – a machine that calculates, computes, runs algorithms to produce thought, understand language, control behavior. From some time, alternative ideas pop up in areas of cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience. In particular, it can be seen that a perspective of complex systems and dynamical systems is employed in attempts to research, characterize and understand what mind is and how does it work.