The causal history of computational activity: Maudlin and olympia

Journal of Philosophy 88 (6):304-16 (1991)
This paper critically responds to Tim Maudlin's argument against a computational theory of consciousness. It is argued that his artfully constructed Turing machine 'Olympia' does not meet an important condition for computation, namely that the computed input serve as an active cause of the computational activity. Thus a computational theory of consciousness remains a live option.
Keywords Activity  Cause  Cognition  Computation  Metaphysics  Maudlin, T
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DOI jphil199188653
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