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January 24, 1972

Anthropomorphic Reductionism

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Dunmore, Pa

JAMA. 1972;219(4):510-511. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190300046018

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To the Editor.—  I write in reference to your, EDITORIAL "Anthropomorphic Reductionism" (218:1428, 1971).If I understand correctly, the point is that, while computers may conceivably be constructed to duplicate the intellectual process of the human brain in part, nevertheless, they will not be able to achieve the complete parallel functioning exhibited by the human brain. The reason advanced appears to be that computers cannot be devised to introduce and integrate into their functioning the factor of emotions which play so vital a role in human intelligence and thought.Jaki in his work, Brain, Mind and Computers, (New York, Herder & Herder, 1969) is in substantial agreement with your view, while Wooldridge (who received the AAASWestinghouse Award for science writing) in his The Machinery of the Brain (New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1963) and Mechanical Man (New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1968) tends strongly to (impliedly) conceive of the