[Wittrs] Re: Who lost to Deep Blue?

  • From: Gordon Swobe <gts_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 14:19:58 -0700 (PDT)

--- On Fri, 3/19/10, jrstern <wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Can you show us who ever said syntax *is* either
> constitutive or sufficient for semantics?

Stuart seems to think it is. 

Searle gives us these three axioms:

A1) Programs are formal (syntactic).
A2) Minds have mental contents (semantics).
A3) Syntax by itself is neither constitutive of nor sufficient for semantics.

It follows from these three axioms that:

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

Stuart doesn't like C1 and A1 and A2 look bullet-proof so he disputes A3. 
But I consider A3 no less bullet-proof than A1 or A2.



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