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Deciding to Deliberate

by: Tomasz Neugebauer

first posted 1998.
updated: August, 2001


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Human freedom of will is a significant aspect of our intelligence that is inseparable from the human body. The mind is not "what brains do" as Marvin Minsky suggests (*see notes). The mind is what live human bodies do. We constantly make decisions about whether or not to deliberate about some choice. Deliberation before the decision to deliberate begs the question. Turing machines simply deliberate before every decision. We could never come to model human intelligence because we cannot separate it from the rest of the infinitely complex processes that constantly occur within our bodies, like the decisions to deliberate or not. We can only model some of our thought processes.


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