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By John Perry

This can be a list of conversations of Gretchen Weirob, a instructor of philosophy at a small Midwestern
college, and of her buddies. The conversations happened in her health facility room at the 3 nights
before she died from accidents sustained in a bike coincidence. Sam Miller is a chaplain and a long-
time buddy of Weirob’s; Dave Cohen is a former pupil of hers.

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By John Perry

This can be a list of conversations of Gretchen Weirob, a instructor of philosophy at a small Midwestern
college, and of her buddies. The conversations happened in her health facility room at the 3 nights
before she died from accidents sustained in a bike coincidence. Sam Miller is a chaplain and a long-
time buddy of Weirob’s; Dave Cohen is a former pupil of hers.

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Simulationism is best understood by contrast with another approach in philosophy of mind which has, at least among Anglo-American analytic philosophers, been the dominant one of the last decades and which has also been an important influence on psychologists and cognitive scientists. We may call this familiar alternative the ‘theory theory’. The version best known to philosophers is functionalism in philosophy of mind. This says that to grasp psychological notions is to grasp that there are certain inner states of persons, which are typically caused by such and such external events, which interact among themselves to cause further inner states and events, and which finally combine to cause behaviour.

These are that I could isolate causal factors constitutive of my rational thinking from interfering ones; that I am a perfect thinker (that is, I rely on no confused concepts or plausible but unreliable rules of inference) and know that I am a perfect thinker. In other words, if I knew that physiologically I embodied a logical system and I knew the meta-theory for my own system, then causal-syntactic knowledge about myself would have semantic equivalents. The discussion of fallibility below will indicate some of the reasons why this is unacceptable.

The use of the one does not preclude the other. A functionalist theory could develop out of and dovetail smoothly with use of the replicating strategy. Perhaps 18 it is already doing so; or perhaps it will, when cognitive science is more advanced. In the case of reaction to drugs something like this is clearly possible. At one stage of the development of knowledge I may be unable to anticipate others’ reactions except via the replication method and be unable to conceptualise them except through ideas appropriate to that method.

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