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What exactly do we mean by the mind?

6 August 2022

9:00 AM

6 August 2022

9:00 AM

The Book of Minds: How to Understand Ourselves and Other Beings, From Animalsto AI and Aliens Philip Ball

Picador, pp.512, 20

Given the ingenuity of machine-makers, said Descartes in the 17th century, machines might well be constructed that exactly resemble humans. There would always, however, be ‘a reliable test’ to distinguish them. ‘Even the stupidest man’ is equipped by reason to adapt to ‘all the contingencies of life’, while no machine could ever be made with enough pre-set ‘arrangements’ to be convincingly versatile.

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