Introspection

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Professor Engelhart
22 October 2013
Introspection
Introspection, which is by definition the examination or observation of ones own material and emotional processes, is not a good way of discovering ones mind. It deals with the subject of imageless thought, in which it gives one of many reasons why it’s not a valid resource to use. Introspection has been a philosophical topic discussed for hundreds and thousands of years, yet still shouldn’t be used as a valid theory or resource in discovering minds. The biggest and most important part of the argument against introspection is that it can’t be shown. You can’t really physically look into ones brain and see what they’re thinking or watch their mental processes. As discussed in chapter one of The Computer and the Mind, psychologists would give each other tasks, like being asked to respond to a word with the first word that would come to mind and then discuss the process on how that word came to mind. Although it seems like a good idea, it truly isn’t. It’s possible for a random word to come to mind just because it’s a random thought, or because it reminds you of something, which really doesn’t explain why your mind did that. This also goes along with the subject of imageless thought. Although most of the time when someone says a word or sentence you think of an image to relate it to, imageless thought is possible in which you cant use just thoughts to explain your mind processes. For example, when thinking about adding 2+2, you might imagine the number four, but the process it took you to get to that number probably wasn’t visualized, therefore you can’t really explain to someone the look of that process. Because of this, since imageless thought is possible, it goes to show that looking into ones brain, or introspection, isn’t valid. After discovering these premises, one could conclude that introspection,…...

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