EXAM 2 - Searle's Chinese Room Argument Searle's argument...

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Searle’s Chinese Room Argument Searle’s argument intends to disprove strong AI by concluding that computers are unable to think. This argument intends to disprove functionalist’s view, which is that the human mind is like a computer with inputs, processing, and outputs just like a computer. Searle claims that this is not enough and he uses the Chinese room argument, along with the difference between syntax and semantics, to prove this. The Chinese room argument is that there is a man sitting in a room with a rule book in English that tells him when the question comes in from under the door, follow the steps in the rule book to get the correct answer and slide it back under the door. The Chinese man giving the questions cannot tell the difference between his answers in Chinese from any other Chinese person. According to the Turing test, this would imply that the man knows Chinese. However, the man has no knowledge of Chinese, no UNDERSTANDING. He simply has syntax (the rule book) to give him the answers rather than the semantics (understanding). This would conclude that the Turing test is inaccurate and that computers only have weak AI because they can follow a set of commands. Van Inwagen’s argument against compatibilism using the “no-choice” principle Van Inwagen argues against compatibilism by using the no-choice principle. The no choice principle is “I have no choice if p then q,” where p is a past event and q is a choice to be made. The compatibilist agrees on “if p then q” so they have to agree on the logic of “if no choice p
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course PHIL 26:061 taught by Professor Depoe during the Fall '07 term at University of Iowa.

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EXAM 2 - Searle's Chinese Room Argument Searle's argument...

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