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  1. Herbert L. Roitblat (2001). Computational Grounding. Psycoloquy 12 (58).
    Harnad defines computation to mean the manipulation of physical symbol tokens on the basis of syntactic rules defined over the shapes of the symbols, independent of what, if anything, those symbols represent. He is, of course, free to define terms in any way that he chooses, and he is very clear about what he means by computation, but I am uncomfortable with this definition. It excludes, at least at a functional level of description, much of what a computer is actually (...)
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  2. Drew McDermott (2001). The Digital Computer as Red Herring. Psycoloquy 12 (54).
    Stevan Harnad correctly perceives a deep problem in computationalism, the hypothesis that cognition is computation, namely, that the symbols manipulated by a computational entity do not automatically mean anything. Perhaps, he proposes, transducers and neural nets will not have this problem. His analysis goes wrong from the start, because computationalism is not as rigid a set of theories as he thinks. Transducers and neural nets are just two kinds of computational system, among many, and any solution to the semantic problem (...)
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  3. Robert W. Kentridge (2001). Computation, Chaos and Non-Deterministic Symbolic Computation: The Chinese Room Problem Solved? Psycoloquy 12 (50).
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  4. C. Franklin Boyle (2001). Transduction and Degree of Grounding. Psycoloquy 12 (36).
    While I agree in general with Stevan Harnad's symbol grounding proposal, I do not believe "transduction" (or "analog process") PER SE is useful in distinguishing between what might best be described as different "degrees" of grounding and, hence, for determining whether a particular system might be capable of cognition. By 'degrees of grounding' I mean whether the effects of grounding go "all the way through" or not. Why is transduction limited in this regard? Because transduction is a physical process which (...)
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  5. Morten Overgaard (2001). The Role of Phenomenological Reports in Experiments on Consciousness. Psycoloquy 12 (29):1-10.