[Wittrs] Dualism Cooties: Dennett Accuses Searle

  • From: Joseph Polanik <jpolanik@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2010 07:03:31 -0500

SWM wrote:

>No, my reference is to what YOU call "substance dualism". At one point
>I said that was the crux of Dennett's argument against Searle, too, and
>you told me you could find no evidence of that in Dennett's
>Consciousness Explained which we were then discussing. I went back,
>transcribed the pertinent text onto this list, thereby giving you the
>evidence, at which point you lost interest.

I have the posts where the passage from _Consciousness Explained_ was
mentioned; but, if you posted any quoted material from another source, I
haven't found it.

in any event, in _Consciousness Explained_ Dennet does not accuse Searle
of having dualism cooties. Dennett just claims that Searle was wrong to
deny that the Chinese Room lacked understanding.

you might repost the material you say I overlooked or help me find it by
providing a link, a message # or the posting date; but, before you go to
that trouble, try to remember that I'm not interested in tabloid
philosophy. I'll need to know, not just the reference to the passage in
which Dennett accuses Searle of having dualism cooties, but also the
passages from Searle that are the evidence for the accusation. I'm not
just going to accept Dennett's word that Searle has dualism cooties.

I'll conduct my own review of the evidence.



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