Two claims about the mind, functionalism and multiple realizability, have become so entwined over the years that they seem all but impossible to pull apart.
Rosa Cao (Tufts) argues that not only can these claims come apart in a non-problematic way, but also that, in light of our increasing empirical knowledge about the brain, a commitment to standard functionalism will point toward the rejection of multiple realizability. Minds are unlikely to be multiply realizable because brain function at a fine scale is unlikely to be multiply realizable.
From “Consciousness and the Brain,” the Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference on Consciousness, Boston, April 2011. Video production sponsored by my organization, the Mind Science Foundation.
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