Interpreting Neurocomputational Models

Post 2 of 5 from Mazviita Chirimuuta on The Brain Abstracted (Open Access: MIT Press). The idea in my project to foreground the question of interpretation is loosely inspired by work in the philosophy of physics which takes the empirical success of e.g. quantum field theory for granted but debates …

The Brain Abstracted – Overview and Precis

This week the Brains Blog is hosting a symposium on Mazviita Chirimuuta’s new book The Brain Abstracted: Simplification in the History and Philosophy of Neuroscience (Open Access: MIT Press). Today’s post from Chirimuuta provides a precis and overview of the content of the book. Through this week, we will have …

Wu, Movements of the Mind. Post 5: Deducing and Introspecting

(See all posts in this series here.) I conclude with Chapters 6 and 7 of the book, which apply the theory to reasoning and introspecting consciousness. Investigating these as forms of attending, mental actions, illuminates. Chp. 6 examines deducing a conclusion from the premises that entail it. Given that every …

Wu, Movements of Mind. Post 4: Biased Attention as Implicit, Automatic Bias.

(See all posts in this series here.) Philosophers have been debating implicit biases for some time. In Chapter 5 of MoM, I argue that automatic attention provides a scrutable type of implicit bias, scrutable because we understand well automatic attention across various domains and the automatic biases that engender it. …

Wu, Movements of the Mind. Post 3: Intention, Memory for Work and Working Memory.

(See all posts in this series here.) Intention is a type of memory. I argue that research on working memory reveals the dynamics of intention as embodying the agent’s control in action. This is a new perspective argued for in Chapters 3 and 4 of MoM. Elizabeth Anscombe noted that intentional …

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