[Wittrs] Re: Searle's CRA and its Implications

  • From: "BruceD" <blroadies@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 01:43:48 -0000

--- In Wittrs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Gordon Swobe <wittrsamr@...> wrote:

> A1) Programs are formal (syntactic)

> A2) Minds have mental contents (semantics)

> A3) Syntax by itself is neither constitutive of nor sufficient for

> C1) Programs are neither constitutive of nor sufficient for minds

I appreciate the way you have summarized this. This way I can show you
where I get stuck.

My understanding:

A program is set of instructions that sets down what happens in what
order when it gets started or is stimulated by something external, as in
the DNA after the egg is fertilized. But couldn't we use this same
concept to describe thought process? Why isn't it helpful to speak of
the programming of "mental content"?


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