The Simple-Minded Metaphor


16/06/2018 (Saturday)

2.00 - 5.00 pm

The Adelaide

A Saturday School led by Yasemin Erden

In this talk I’ll argue that the brain is not a digital computer. I’ll suggest that claims to the contrary misunderstand the power of this kind of metaphor. Likewise for models that present the brain in purely mechanistic terms. To defend this position, I’ll present Searle’s argument that computation is observer relative. I’ll also bring in Kant on the necessary unity of consciousness in relation to objects and concepts. Finally we will also consider Wittgenstein’s ideas on metaphor (simile) and how language can seduce us.