Difference between directed and habitual actions?
> For the philosophical foundation is already clear:But experimental work is on going. I see an interplay
> neurophysiological identity theory. We (philosophical
> types) have given all the conceptual analysis that
> could be afforded without experimental work, now it
> is up to the empirical workers to determine the truth.
between discoveries and finding theories to interpret
those discoveries. Identity theory may be taken as basic
assumption but it doesn't in itself throw light on the
questions of consciousness except to say they are a
product of a biological neural network we call the brain.
The question is how does the brain program itself.
What is happening when it shows voluntary "conscious"
Computers that seem smarter than us are merely the
automation of human intelligence, much as the brain can
program lower motor systems to carry out automatic actions
(such as touch typing). It is not that a machine is better
at chess or statistics it is merely faster at carrying
out a set of rules thought up by a programmer. Given those
rules humans could perform just as well if they could
execute those rules fast enough.
The problem to solve is not how to fossilize a set of
actions but how to build a machine that can invent such
a set of actions.
We use computers not because they are smarter but because
they can carry out _our_ commands much faster than we can
with pen and paper.