My purpose in this brief paper is to consider the implications of a radically different computer architecure to some fundamental problems in the foundations of Cognitive Science. More exactly, I wish to consider the ramifications of the 'Gödel-Minds-Machines' controversy of the late 1960s on a dynamically changing computer architecture which, I venture to suggest, is going to revolutionize which 'functions' of the human mind can and cannot be modelled by (non-human) computational automata. I will proceed on the presupposition that the (...) reader is familiar with some of the fundamentals of computational theory and mathematical logic. (shrink)
Sogdians in China: Archaeological and Art Historical Analyses of Tombs and Texts from the 3rd to the 10th Century AD. By Patrick Wertmann. Archäologie in China / Archaeology in China and East Asia, vol. 5. Darmstadt: Philipp von Zabern, 2015. Pp. iv + 336, 116 plates. €86.
The purpose of this paper is to examine briefly what is meant by the term “philosophy” as it occurs in such expressions as “philosophy of physics,” “philosophy of mathematics,” “philosophy of science” and the like. The discussion will be divided into three parts: the first will consider several distinct meanings of the term “philosophy;” the second will discuss one of these in some detail, namely, philosophy as analysis; the third will seek to answer an important question concerning the results of (...) philosophic analysis. (shrink)