Saturday, December 1, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Simulating the brain. Simulating the brain ???

beaux_450Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-12-01]:  A new computer simulation of the brain can count, remember and gamble. And the system, called Spaun, performs these tasks in a way that’s eerily similar to how people do. Short for Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network, Spaun is a crude approximation of the human brain. But scientists hope that the program and efforts like it could be a proving ground to test ideas about the brain. [source: Science News] We do not even know what the brain is and how it works to create our human consciousness (IF it creates it) which makes us what we are, but yet we feel certain that we are in a position to… simulate what makes us… what we are! Now if that is not called dogmatism, I do not know what can…

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