Week 3 #introphil | Does my computer have a mind?

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This was a very interesting week for me!  We were concerned with the relationship between brains, minds, and computers – something that I have thought about for a long time.

I remembered our family cat when the professor was talking about the level of consciousness of animals.  Many times over the years I shared with our cat, I thought I caught a glimpse of her thoughts – especially when they were  not very complimentary of me.  She very definitely had a “mind of her own!”

When the lecture moved on to computers, I  remembered my first ventures in the early 1980s into programing in Commodore Basic on our first home computer, a Commodore 64.  I thought that it seemed like there was a very fast, very tiny person inside running to get the letter or symbol that I typed and putting it up on the screen or performing the computation that I had so laboriously typed in.  The quickly-blinking cursor seemed to say, “Hurry up, hurry up, tell me what you want next.  You are so slow!”  Fanciful I know, but somehow … ?  I should add that very often my iMac seems to have a “mind of its own.”   Guess I need to keep thinking …