Essay heading: John Searle

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Like the manipulator of the Chinese symbols, Serles argues that a computer program fails to interpret the meaning of the symbols and thus has no semantic content. (Searle, 374) Searle gives multiple definitions of what thinking is. Thinking is defined by semantical contents that are references to the external, interpretation of meaning, and intentionality...
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Thinking is semantic and “minds are semantical, in the sense that they have more than a formal structure, they have content.” (Searle, 374) Searle defines semantic contents as one’s thoughts, and beliefs, and desires. These are “about something, or they refer to something, or they concern states of affairs in the world; and they do that because their content directs them at these state of affairs in the world...
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