[Wittrs] Re: What the Man in the Room Knows (and when does he know it?)

  • From: Gordon Swobe <gts_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 14:08:49 -0700 (PDT)

--- On Wed, 3/24/10, iro3isdx <wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>>Searle's argument is a sleight of hand.  He wants you to concentrate  on
claim 1, and see how implausible it is that understanding could arise. 
But he does not want you to notice claim 2 at all, for if you notice
that, you will see that it is ridiculous and that making claim 2 thus
undermines the whole argument.<<

I take it that you mean here that humans such as Searle lack the mental 
capacity to operate a formal program for conversing fluently in Chinese; that 
you find it implausible that any human brain could handle such a gargantuan 
task. I agree. 

But according to the computationalist theory of mind, ordinary brains do 
exactly what we agree they cannot do. And if computationalism = false then 
strong AI = false.


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