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2.0 Philosophy Of The Mind
1. Ism's of the mind.
The philosophy of the mind is a branch of philosophy concerned with questions
about how the mind works. What are the differences between the mind and the body?
What is consciousness, and what causes it? How can you study the mind? How do we
recognize things? It debates these and a thousand other really deep questions.
Over the course of human history there have been a number of different theories
about how the mind works. However, I will only focus on a few of the most influential
ones. I am writing this section mainly to familiarize the reader with some of these
different ideas so that I can try and explain what it is I believe, why I believe it, and how
this relates to the research I am attempting. This stuff is kind of heavy. And if
you are not interested in it, it can be boring as well. So if you really just
want to learn more about the actual insect simulator project then feel
free to skip over this section.
2. Section Overview
Each page in this section will be focused on a different major philosophy that has arisen concerning
the study of the mind. One thing to notice is that the theories sometimes grow through evolution,
and other times through revolution. For instance, modern versions of strong Artificial Intelligence
and functionalism slowly evolved from a number of predecessors. But the whole field of functionalism
was a revolutionary change primarily aimed against ideas like behaviorism. Some of these ideas
seem sensible, others are deceptively alluring, and others are just downright bizarre. But we do
gain something from all of them, even it is just the fact that it spurs people to disprove them
or think of new and better theories.