Re: [OPE-L:8609] From Ian Wright on Weeks and Simple Commodity Production

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Mon May 19 2003 - 06:02:25 EDT

Ian Wright wrote:
A very strong argument can be made that the philosophical problem

> of understanding the relationship between subject and object has
> been solved in principle and is being solved in practice in the
> field of Artificial Intelligence, a field almost entirely devoted
> to understanding the relationship between kinds of representations
> and kinds of things, and embodying that understanding into systems
> that act autonomously in the world. I am sure that this won't
> convince you iota, perhaps because it is only vulgar technology,
> and therefore couldn't possibly contribute to metaphysical
> debates about the nature of mind and consciousness. The joke is
> true nevertheless. Things have really moved on since Heidegger.
> Due to the division of intellectual labour there are always lags, as
> you say, but in this instance the engineers, being much closer to
> the problem, have stolen a march on the philosophers.

Dennett says just this in conciousness explained - citing Chomsky
the radio engineer as an example.

Paul Cockshott
Dept Computing Science
University of Glasgow

0141 330 3125

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