Computer Simulation of Brain Function

  • N. S. Sutherland


In a recent paper,2 I attempted to rebut arguments of several different kinds put forward by philosophers purporting to show that behaviour cannot be explained in terms of the workings of a physical system, namely, the nervous system and its media. I shall therefore concentrate here on the specific argument that Dreyfus advances to the same effect. His argument has the merit of being comparatively new, but since his main thesis is obscure, it may be best to start with something with which we should all be able to agree.


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  1. 2.
    N. S. Sutherland, ‘Is the brain a physical system?’, in R. Borger and F. Cioffi (Eds.), Explanation in the behavioural sciences (Cambridge University Press, 1970) pp. 97–122.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    M. B. Clowes, ‘On seeing things’, Artificial Intelligence, 2, (1971) 76–119.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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