Yesterday's algorithm: Penrose and the Godel argument

Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (9):265-273 (2003)
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William Seager
University of Toronto, St. George
Abstract
Roger Penrose is justly famous for his work in physics and mathematics but he is _notorious_ for his endorsement of the Gödel argument (see his 1989, 1994, 1997). This argument, first advanced by J. R. Lucas (in 1961), attempts to show that Gödel’s (first) incompleteness theorem can be seen to reveal that the human mind transcends all algorithmic models of it1. Penrose's version of the argument has been seen to fall victim to the original objections raised against Lucas (see Boolos (1990) and for a particularly intemperate review, Putnam (1994)). Yet I believe that more can and should be said about the argument. Only a brief review is necessary here although I wish to present the argument in a somewhat peculiar form.
Keywords Cognition  Incompleteness  Logic  Goedel  Penrose, R
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ISBN(s) 1333-1108
DOI croatjphil2003334
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