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By Denis M. Walsh

This number of unique essays covers a variety of concerns within the present naturalized philosophy of brain. specific recognition is paid to the ways that innovations drawn from evolutionary biology may possibly increase our realizing of where of brain within the flora and fauna. concerns coated comprise some great benefits of construing the brain as an model, the naturalization of intentional and out of the ordinary content material, the evolution of means-end reasoning, rationality and higher-order intentionality methodological matters in cognitive ethology and evolutionary psychology.

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233). Those kinds of physical states that assume the functional role of pain are identical to pain, and so pain can be at once a physical and functional state. Moreover, because in different organisms different kinds of physical states may play the functional role of pain, pain has multiple realizations. In what follows I will use the term 'functionalism' to refer to 32 Mind the Adaptation functional state identity theory. This is because the functional specifier's view seems incoherent (see Block 1980b).

Troubles with Functionalism', in N. ) (Cambridge: Harvard University Press), pp. 268-305. Block, N. ) 1980a. Readings in Philosophy of Psychology, vol. 1. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press). Block, N. 1980b. ', in N. ) (Cambridge: Harvard University Press), pp. 171-84. Conley-Dillon, J and Gregory, R. (eds) 1991. Evolution of the Eye and Visual System (New York: Macmillan). Conway Morris, S. 1998. The Crucible of Creation (Oxford: Oxford University Press). , Ariew, A. and Perelman, W. M. forthcoming: Functional Explanation in Psychology and Biology (Oxford: Oxford University Press) Darwin, C.

In order to individuate adaptations one must attend to both function and structure. As we saw above, characters that share a function but that differ in structure are distinct adaptations. Thus, when conceived as an adaptation, minds with structures that differ from our own are not minds. Nothing but a brain can be a mind. It is for this reason that the nation of China and the Bolivian economy cannot be minds. So, conceiving of mind as an adaptation provides a principled and defensible reason to deny that the nation of China and the Bolivian economy might realize minds, just as it provides a principled and defensible reason to reject physicalism.

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