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

  • From: Gordon Swobe <gts_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:08:08 -0800 (PST)

--- On Fri, 3/12/10, SWM <wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>> The CRA shows that if the mind runs programs like a
>> computer, it cannot get semantics from syntax, even though
>> it has consciousness. The man in the room has consciousness,
>> after all. 
> The man in the room isn't there as a conscious entity but
> as an automaton blindly following a list of rules. His
> consciousness isn't relevant since he is acting in lieu of a
> cpu.  

His consciousness has *enormous* relevance, Stuart!

The thought experiment shows that the human mind attaches meanings to symbols 
by some means other than running formal programs. It shows us that the 
computationalist theory of mind fails to explain the facts. 


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