Andy Clark

Andy Clark holds the Chair in logic and metaphysics at Edinburgh. His latest book is Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies and the Future of Human Intelligence.


Where is my mind?

12 February 2009

Jerry Fodor’s amusing, insightful, but fatally flawed review of my book, Supersizing the Mind, seems committed to the idea that states of the brain (and only states of the brain) actually manage to be ‘about things’: to ‘have content’ in some original and underived sense (LRB, 12 February). ‘Underived content,’ he says, ‘is what minds and only minds have.’ That’s why, as Fodor would...

How can meat think? What kind of thing, or process, might thinking and problem-solving be, such that physical stuff, nicely organised, can make it happen? More generally, how does order spontaneously arise in a physical universe? And what kinds of conceptual bridge link mathematics, physics and the biology and chemistry of life and mind? The interests of Alan Turing were remarkably various....

Where is my mind?

Jerry Fodor, 12 February 2009

If there’s anything we philosophers really hate it’s an untenable dualism. Exposing untenable dualisms is a lot of what we do for a living. It’s no small job, I assure you. They...

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