[Wittrs] Re: are objects causal

  • From: "SWM" <SWMirsky@xxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 18:40:37 -0000

--- In Wittrs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "jrstern" <jrstern@...> wrote:

> Searle asserts that brains have some unknown physical property that enables 
> them to play this critical role.  It's not being a hammer that drives the 
> nail, it's being hard and in motion, it IS a hammer because it is hard and in 
> motion, and has some other properties of shape or origin if you like, it is 
> "multiply realizable" by other token hammers, rocks that are hard and in 
> motion, etc.  Until and unless the magical properties of "brain" are 
> enumerated, it seems entirely natural to suggest that substitutes should work 
> there, too, and Searle cannot prove a negative result, that a computer cannot 
> fill that role, from an unknown property of brain.


> Josh

Ah, I couldn't agree more, rare occurrence that such agreements on lists like 
these are! -- SWM

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