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The complexity of the mind has intrigued and inspired philosophers for as long as humanity How does it work This question is not answered by equations and such as most conventional problem solving machines Our own thought processes can be used to explain input and output responses from our senses to our reactions to those senses This particular function of the mind inputoutput capabilities is one complexity that can be compared and related to real world machines that function in such a manner This essay will examine whether it is plausible to compare the minds computational process to a conventional machine whose similar function is to manage inputoutput information A revolutionary invention by engineer James Watt in the 18th century was a governor control that regulated steam output so an engine may maintain a constant and steady speed The governor is able to regulate consistency by decreasing or increasing steam output simultaneously as the engine speeds or slows Attached to the rotating part of the engine the governor spins so that the centrifugal force will either cause the governor to decrease or increase steam output proportional to the engine speed The similarity in inputoutput response to that of the mind is worth a closer examination to determine whether the processes of these two are indeed comparable Tim Van Gelder is a philosopher who examines this question He describes two types of governors One is the centrifugal as described above and the other is computational like the mind A computational governor receives input and through a step by step process it then formulates an output response that corresponds appropriately to the input This is how the regulation of steam was done before Watts invention As the steam pressure increased a steam valve would have to be manually decreased to regulate the increased engine speed This is where the difference between the two processes becomes more apparent A computational governors most defining property
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