The modularity of mind and the Turing test are both topics in science and philosophy that are used to analyze the mind of human and artificial intelligence. Both of these topics will be discussed and analyzed a little further in relation to the human of today’s society.
The Modularity of mind is the notion that a mind may, at least in part, be composed of innate neural structures or modules which have distinct established evolutionary developed functions. Somewhat different definitions of “module” have been proposed by different authorities. The Turing test is a test for intelligence in a computer, requiring that a human being should be unable to distinguish the machine from another human being by using the replies to questions put to both. By these terms animals in fact do have the ability to think. They may not have the same brain intelligence as we do or work the same way but they are thinking subconsciously and unconsciously. Animals can dream just like humans and in fact it has been proven that Dolphins are smarter than we had once thought. Dolphin brains involve completely different wiring from primates, especially in the neocortex, which is central to higher functions such as reasoning and conscious thought. Dolphins are so distantly related to humans that it’s been 95 million years since we had even a remotely common ancestor. Yet when it comes to intelligence, social behavior and communications, some researcher’s say dolphins come as close to humans as our ape and monkey cousins.” Maybe closer.” Said the Huntington post submitted by David Filman. People are so quick to judge that they don’t’ give other species a chance if they don’t communicate the same way we do. People often think foreigners are dumb just because they don’t speak English when they come to America.
Now we are seeing that often in Europe where people are speaking their mother land language, English and others. What does that say about the American’s who have taken this arrogant pedestal to know and be good at everything? I think most American’s need a reality check and need to wake up from this bizarre slumber they are in mixed of Disney fantasy and shows like the Walking Dead. People are attracted to the show because they are zombies and they can relate to the show so well, right? People here tend to like those types of movies, where there’s no thinking involved and everyone acts the same.
The Turing test doesn’t work anymore because we have clones and robots that can resemble a human. I think it would very well fool most people. How many people are actually aware of other beings around them and not just their self? There have been studies that show that people can’t remember what the person across the room from them was wearing. People are simply not aware and not observant enough for any of these to work? Even if they did work I think it would be based on IQ. The smarter the person is the more likely they are to pick up on behavioral changes with a robot, clone, or human. People are too “busy” to realize when things like this are happening. People are busy with their jobs, kids, school, planning ahead for what their next move is going to be. People simply don’t realize what is ahead of them unless it’s causing them a problem with their next move. A prime example of this would be traffic. Nobody gives a rats ass what’s going on around them unless traffic is not moving which in turn puts them in a bad mood because it’s making them late or they begin to worry about being late. I can guarantee none of the people are thinking about if the guy or girl driving next to them is a real person or a robot? They are caught in the enslavement of their own subconscious thought to even fathom what the other person is doing or worried about. You’ll even see people act like an animal’s when things
don’t go according to their plan. You’ll see them throw fits like a five year old until they get their way. Since we are in a traffic jam do you think anyone really cares what that person is saying in their car screaming at the top of their lungs because someone stopped in front of them causing them to slam on their breaks? Of course not, no one cares as long as the job is done and done right. People work a lot like machines. We are programmed from the earliest of ages by school and religion to know what is right and what is wrong. Morals become a big part of our life and the “cult” religions are all evil and bad. That’s what the church teaches us that’s what most of our parents will teach us because that is the norm. People want what is believed to be, normal they want a basic ordinary life. With ordinary kids and an ordinary job. Mediocrity has become the norm in this country that’s why no one gives a shit about anything, but themselves in most cases. You’ll find an intelligent person who does care every so often, but most of the time the only time people care is if it effects them directly. This all relates to the Turing test because people simply aren’t responsible enough to intake all of their surroundings while worrying about their self, So how would people be able to figure out if a subject is a human or a robot while experiencing the Turing test?
To conclude, the modularity of mind and the Turing test played key roles at one point in time, but I think at this day in age they are outdated. However, I think they still can be viable in Philosophy with helping young philosophers understand and study the technology that we possessed at that time and help in the development in the future of Philosophy and it’s theories of the human mind.
Source: Extensive research on the topic, as well as the book A Brief Introduction To The Philosophy of Mind by: Neil Campbell