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McGinn, Colin
 
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Brain/Brain State I 146f
Even if we have an idea of ​​the neural equivalents of decisions, it does not provide us with a theory of the nature of the decision.
The generation of decisions is something completely different from the generation of motion. Because decisions are neither put together by antecedent desires or other settings, nor by brain states.
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I 222
Brain/McGinn: It is now commonplace to interpret the brain as an information system (>Information Processing>Dennett) in whose interior most messages remain without a conscious counterpart. Many only concern the inner realities of the brain itself.
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I 223
Thesis: There has to be a silent internal theory of the brain, by the way also for the other organs. A theory which relates to the operation of the whole apparatus.
Neural signals can only be interpreted when they are embedded in a representation of the brain and body functions.
The brain must be a brain researcher, but unconsciously. It must contain a theory of itself.
There must be some real property that distinguishes brains from other objects.

McG I
C. McGinn
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

McG II
C. McGinn
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001


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