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Phil paper 3 - Nina Madison Professor Levin Philosophy 262...

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Nina Madison Professor Levin Philosophy 262 30 January 2012 Reading Response #3 In ‘Minds, Brains, and Programs’, John Searle proposes a “thought experiment” which stands as a serious challenge to this argument. What is the thought-experiment, and which premise of AAI does it challenge? John Searle believes that a way to test whether a claim is true is by “asking oneself what it would be like if my mind actually worked on the principles that the theory says all minds work on.” He applies this thinking with the Gedanken experiment, which does precisely that. He goes further and describes how if you were in a room full of Chinese writing but you have never seen or know anything about this writing and would not be able to recognize or distinguish it from any other language. When getting rules in English, a language you can understand, you are then given questions. You would be able to answer the questions the same in English and Chinese, even through you may not know Chinese because you can understand “the program” which is in
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2012 for the course PHIL 262 taught by Professor Scottpaterson during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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