If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.
Historical Antecedents The identity theory as I understand it here goes back to U. Place and Herbert Feigl in the s. Historically philosophers and scientists, for example Leucippus, Hobbes, La Mettrie, and d'Holbach, as well as Karl Vogt who, following Pierre-Jean-Georges Cabanis, made the preposterous remark perhaps not meant to be taken too seriously that the brain secretes thought as the liver secretes bile, have embraced materialism.
Place Place and H. Nevertheless mention should be made of suggestions by Rudolf Carnapp. Reichenbach and M. Reichenbach said that mental events can be identified by the corresponding stimuli and responses much as the possibly unknown internal state of a photo-electric cell can be identified by the stimulus light falling on it and response electric current flowing from it.
In both cases the internal states can be physical states. However Carnap did regard the identity as a linguistic recommendation rather than as asserting a question of fact.
Place's very original and pioneering paper was written after discussions at the University of Adelaide with J. Avowals were thought of as mere pieces of behaviour, as if saying that one had a pain was just doing a sophisticated sort of wince.
Smart saw Ryle's theory as friendly to physicalism though Mind brain identity theory was not part of Ryle's motivation. Smart hoped that the hypotheticals would ultimately be explained by neuroscience and cybernetics.
Being unable to refute Place, and recognizing the unsatisfactoriness of Ryle's treatment of inner experience, to some extent recognized by Ryle himself Rylep. They would dangle from the nomological net of physical science and should strike one as implausible excrescences on the fair face of science.
The Nature of the Identity Theory Place spoke of constitution rather than of identity.
We find out whether this is a table in a different way from the way in which we find out that it is an old packing case. We find out whether a thing is lightning by looking and that it is a motion of electric charges by theory and experiment. This does not prevent the table being identical to the old packing case and the perceived lightning being nothing other than an electric discharge.
Feigl and Smart put the matter more in terms of the distinction between meaning and reference. Of course these expressions could be construed as referring to different things, different sequences of temporal stages of Venus, but not necessarily or most naturally so.
There did seem to be a tendency among philosophers to have thought that identity statements needed to be necessary and a priori truths. We had to find out that the identity holds. Aristotle, after all, thought that the brain was for cooling the blood.
Descartes thought that consciousness is immaterial. It was sometimes objected that sensation statements are incorrigible whereas statements about brains are corrigible.
The inference was made that there must be something different about sensations.
Place, influenced by Martin, was able to explain the relative incorrigibility of sensation statements by their low claims: Nevertheless my sensation and my putative awareness of the sensation are distinct existences and so, by Hume's principle, it must be possible for one to occur without the other.
One should deny anything other than a relative incorrigibility Place As remarked above, Place preferred to express the theory by the notion of constitution, whereas Smart preferred to make prominent the notion of identity as it occurs in the axioms of identity in logic.
So Smart had to say that if sensation X is identical to brain process Y then if Y is between my ears and is straight or circular absurdly to oversimplify then the sensation X is between my ears and is straight or circular.
Of course it is not presented to us as such in experience. Perhaps only the neuroscientist could know that it is straight or circular. The professor of anatomy might be identical with the dean of the medical school.
A visitor might know that the professor hiccups in lectures but not know that the dean hiccups in lectures. Phenomenal Properties and Topic-Neutral Analyses Someone might object that the dean of the medical school does not qua dean hiccup in lectures.
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4. Searle's Chinese Room Argument. Mind-brain identity theory is something more than just the mind is the brain; So, each and every state of mind, is to be identified with, or is the very same thing as a state of the CNS. Mind brain theory says-there's something more than just that the mind is the brain, So each and every.
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All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous. Mar 06, · Again, the mind-brain identity theory might be able to apply to non-humans.
The final example that comes to mind is intelligent computers. They don't have neurology at all, so if we wanted to find a "type" of state that was identical to an experience, Status: Resolved.