[ExI] aeon article - you have no memory

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sat May 21 15:18:21 UTC 2016

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 1:05 PM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>

> ​> ​
> Not surprisingly, I did not understand this at all, but clearly this
> relates to some of the postings in this group, so have at it and I'll try
> to follow.

The first warning sign that the article is probably worthless
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that it
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was written by
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Robert Epstein, a
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psychologist and former editor of Psychology Today, a "science" that hasn't
discovered anything of much importance
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today or
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in decades. The second warning sign was in the
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opening tag line "*Your brain does not process information, retrieve
knowledge or store memories*
.  So after that I just quickly skimmed the article, however one sentence
did catch my eye:

​> ​
> *the IP metaphor is, after all, just another metaphor*

​Years ago they said the brain ​was like a switchboard and that was indeed
a metaphor because a switchboard can't beat a human brain
at Chess or GO or Jeopardy, but a computer can.​
 And nobody would hesitate to call a human champion of those games
intelligent. And that's why a computer is more than just another metaphor.

​> ​a story we tell to make sense of something we don’t actually understand.

Richard Feynman felt that you don't really understand something until you
can do it, and I think he was right. If Mr. Epstein can make something that
behaves intelligently then his philosophy of mind would be worth studying,
until then it's just metaphorical hot air.

 John K Clark

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