The Anatomy of a Minimal Mind: A model of the simplest kind of mind that an organism could have, based on a philosopher's synthesis of the latest scientific research

Vincent Torley

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Synopsis: "The Anatomy of a Minimal Mind" sounds like a very odd title for a book, let alone a Ph.D. thesis. Briefly, a "minimal mind" is the simplest kind of mind an organism could possibly have. The author's aim is to identify the requirements that an organism would have to satisfy, before it could be credited with possessing a mind of any sort, however rudimentary. Deficiencies in contemporary philosophical accounts of consciousness indicate the need for a more empirically based approach to the philosophy of mind. The author eschews preconceived notions of what a mind is, preferring to sift carefully through the various kinds of behavioral and biological capacities that have been proposed as relevant for possessing a mind. Drawing on case- studies of life-forms ranging from viruses to higher vertebrates, he develops a detailed model of a minimal mind, incorporating the notion of a "minimal map." One of the book's surprising conclusions is that "minimal minds" come in no less than four different varieties. The author argues that being an organism is necessary for having a mind, but that animals lacking subjective awareness can still be said to have minds.

About the Author: Vincent Torley obtained a B.Sc., B.A. and B.Ec. from the Australian National University before completing an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He worked as a computer programmer for 10 years. He now lives in Japan. His current area of research is the science of language learning. He is married with a 4-year-old son.

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