John Searle

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I will conclude the essay by arguing that syntactical processes involve a certain amount of prior semantic understanding, and that instantiating or implementing the right computer program with the right inputs and outputs is sufficient to, or constitutive of, Searle’s definition of thinking. To differentiate syntactical processes from semantical understanding, Searle uses a thought—experiement...
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He asks the reader to imagine computer programers have developed a program that can simulate the understanding of Chinese. He further asks the reader to imagine him or herself as the processor, imagining that we are locked in a room, with several baskets full of Chinese symbols. With no understanding of Chinese, we are given an English rule book to formally order the Chinese symbols...
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