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Computers Mimic the Human Mind The mind-body problem has captivated the minds of philosophers for centuries The problem is how the body and mind can interact with each other if they are separate and distinct One solution to the problem is to replace any mental term with a more accurate physical description Eliminative Materialists take this idea to the extreme by stating that everything that is believed to be mental will someday be explained in terms of the physical world One way that people try to prove Eliminative Materialism to be true is through technology Certainly if we are able to create computers and software that mimic the human mind then Eliminative Materialism is a sound solution to the mind-body problem In order to examine if computers actually do mimic the human mind then we must first look at the capabilities of the human mind If one looks closely at the capabilities of the human mind and compares them to the most recent technological advances then it would be obvious that computers and software are beginning to mimic even the most advanced mental states In the future computers will be able to do anything the human mind is capable of thus proving Eliminative Materialism to be a sound solution to the mind-body problem Most of the day the human mind is taking in information analyzing it storing it accordingly and recalling past knowledge to solve problems logically This is similar to the life of any computer Humans gain information through the senses Computers gain similar information through a video camera a microphone a touch pad or screen and it is even possible for computers to analyze scent and chemicals Humans also gain information through books other people and even computers all of which computers can access through software interfacing and modems For the past year speech recognition software products have become mainstreamLyons176 All of the ways that humans gain information are mimicked by computers Humans
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