Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Classical Computation

12 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2022

Date Written: December 17, 2021


The concept of the human mind as a classical computer based on the solving of computational puzzles has been argued both for and against by a variety of different philosophers, scientists, and scholars. However, individuals such as Alan Turing and Kurt Gödel hold contradictory positions that demonstrate that a variety of possible outcomes may exist based on the future ability for evolutionary computing to be able to discover new symbols and to extend the range of operations in a way that the human mind currently functions. A classical Turing computer has a finite set of symbols, but these are non-dynamic and do not update. Conversely, the system presented by Gödel allows for an increasing range of symbols and a system of computation that builds upon prior computation.

Keywords: Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Classical Computation

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Wright, Craig S, Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Classical Computation (December 17, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

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