The Mind as Neural Software?

Here is a superb paper by Gualtiero Piccinini that brings much needed clarity to a longstanding issue. A penultimate ms can be found here.

As a consequence, when the behavior of ordinary computers is explained by program execution, the program is not just a description. The program is also a (stable state of a) physical component of the computer, whose function is to generate the relevant capacity of the computer. Programs are physically present within computers, where they have a function to perform. Somehow, this simple and straightforward point seems to have been almost entirely missed in the philosophical literature. (p. 295).

Bravo Gualtiero!