Commentary on “An alternative to working on machine consciousness”, by Aaron Sloman
Legg, C. (2009). Commentary on “An alternative to working on machine consciousness”, by Aaron Sloman. Accepted for publication in the International Journal of Machine Consciousness (IJMC).
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A commentary on a current paper by Aaron Sloman where he argues that in order to make progress in AI, consciousness (and other such unclear concepts of common-sense regarding the mind), "should be replaced by more precise and varied architecture-based concepts better suited to specify what needs to be explained by scientific theories". This original vision of philosophical inquiry as the mapping out of 'design-spaces' for a contested concept seeks to achieve a holistic, synthetic understanding of what possibilities such spaces embody and how different parameters might structure them in nomic and highly inter-connected ways. It therefore does not reduce to either "relations of ideas" or "matters of fact" in Hume's famous dichotomy. It is also shown to be in interesting ways the exact opposite of the current vogue for 'experimental philosophy'.
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Preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the International Journal of Machine Consciousness (IJMC) © 2009 World Scientific Publishing Company.