Semiotic Systems, Computers, and the Mind: How Cognition Could Be Computing

Authors
William J. Rapaport
State University of New York, Buffalo
Abstract
In this reply to James H. Fetzer’s “Minds and Machines: Limits to Simulations of Thought and Action”, I argue that computationalism should not be the view that (human) cognition is computation, but that it should be the view that cognition (simpliciter) is computable. It follows that computationalism can be true even if (human) cognition is not the result of computations in the brain. I also argue that, if semiotic systems are systems that interpret signs, then both humans and computers are semiotic systems. Finally, I suggest that minds can be considered as virtual machines implemented in certain semiotic systems, primarily the brain, but also AI computers. In doing so, I take issue with Fetzer’s arguments to the contrary.
Keywords computationalism  semiotic systems  cognition  syntax  semantics
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

What is a Computer? A Survey.William J. Rapaport - forthcoming - Minds and Machines:1-42.
What an Algorithm Is.Robin K. Hill - 2016 - Philosophy and Technology 29 (1):35-59.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

How Minds Can Be Computational Systems.William J. Rapaport - 1998 - Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 10 (4):403-419.
Theorizing the Mechanisms of Conceptual and Semiotic Space.Colin Wight - 2004 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 34 (2):283-299.
Peirce and Semiotic Foundationalism.Michael Forest - 2007 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 43 (4):728 - 744.
The Resilience of Computationalism.Gualtiero Piccinini - 2010 - Philosophy of Science 77 (5):852-861.
Computationalism.Stuart C. Shapiro - 1995 - Minds and Machines 5 (4):467-87.
Words Lie in Our Way.Bruce J. MacLennan - 1994 - Minds and Machines 4 (4):421-37.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2012-06-11

Total downloads
529 ( #4,577 of 2,263,269 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
56 ( #6,225 of 2,263,269 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature