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Holmes, WN 2002 , 'Would a digital brain have a mind?' , Computer, vol. 35, no. 5 , 112, 110-111 , doi: 10.1109/MC.2002.1009512.

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This essay examines arguments that a digital computer could be programmed to be conscious, asserts that the idea is preposterous as the human brain is not only far more complex than any prospective digital computer but different in kind, and brings out the fundamental distinction that the mind is a process carried out by the brain.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: cognitive science, neuroscience, consciousness, artificial intelligence
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/MC.2002.1009512
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This essay has been more formally published as essay 1.5 under the title "Having a Mind to Computing" in the author's book "Computers and People" (Wiley, 2006). This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

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