[Wittrs] Re: Further Thoughts on Dennett, Searle and the Conundrum of Dualism

  • From: Gordon Swobe <gts_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 06:52:10 -0700 (PDT)

Searle formalized his argument because people like you and Dennett had 
misconstrued it. 

You have conflated the conclusion of the CRT (CR thought experiment) with the 
conclusion of the CRA. 

The CRT serves only to substantiate the third premise of the CRA; it 
illustrates that not even an educated Englishman with consciousness can 
understand Chinese symbols merely from manipulating them according to syntactic 
rules.

You argue that the Englishman cannot understand on account of his role as a 
mere cog in the machinery that implements rote processes, yet somehow that same 
mere cog in the machinery can understand the symbols in the English version of 
the program while implementing the same sort of rote processes. 

Your argument makes no sense.

-gts





      
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