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

  • From: Gordon Swobe <gts_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 18:04:48 -0700 (PDT)

--- On Sun, 3/14/10, SWM <wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>> The CRA illustrates two concepts: 
>> 1) Software/hardware systems cannot by virtue of
>> running formal programs obtain understanding of the meanings
> of the symbols they manipulate. 
> > 
> > and 

> It does not illustrate the first. All it illustrates is
> that such processes in isolation (as stand alone processes)
> are not conscious and don't have understanding. But it says
> nothing about combinations of such processes which are still
> the same sorts of thing but capable of doing much more (more
> extensive and complex information processing).

The article I posted covers that objection -- the article from Scientific 
American. Did you read it?



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