Philosophy of the Mind

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It works so well that it convinces a Chinese speaking human that she is talking to a real Chinese speaking person, rather than a computer program. Searle then suggests replacing the computer program with a computer-like system with himself in a small room. He is fed Chinese characters and then looks up the corresponding characters in a ?rule book' to find out what to send out as output...
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Searle's argument is that when he is acting as the computer he is not understanding any word of Chinese or even what message he is relaying. All he is doing is looking up the correct response and projecting it, he has no understanding or knowledge of Chinese. He would not be able to translate what he is outputting in English because he does not know the semantics, or the actual meaning, of the characters he is sending out...
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