Cognition is not computation: The argument from irreversibility

Synthese 113 (2):285-320 (1997)
Abstract
The dominant scientific and philosophical view of the mind – according to which, put starkly, cognition is computation – is refuted herein, via specification and defense of the following new argument: Computation is reversible; cognition isn't; ergo, cognition isn't computation. After presenting a sustained dialectic arising from this defense, we conclude with a brief preview of the view we would put in place of the cognition-is-computation doctrine.
Keywords Cognition  Computation  Epistemology  Mind  Science
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DOI 10.1023/A:1005019131238
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