Conscious Computations

Valerie Gray Hardcastle


[0] In his "Computation and Consciousness," Tim Maudlin (1989) argues that the impossibility of any computationalist theory of consciousness follows more or less directly from three very simple principles of computationalism. Here I argue that Maudlin errs by misconceiving the difference between an algorithm for computing some function and the actual computations. This distinction is important because it helps clarify the significance of supervenience in theories of the mind. Moreover, it allows that a computational theory of consciousness is still a viable possibility.