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January 17, 2008


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Robert Link

I prefer a less common-sense oriented answer: deconstruct "to understand." Given that the deconstruction allows for a wide range of qualifying acts, Searle in his Chinese Room might best be argued as exhibiting one kind of understanding.

But wait...

"...hackers who anthropomorphize are expressing not a vitalistic view of program behavior but a mechanistic view of human behavior."

In that context, I'd say, "Sure, Searle in his CR 'understands' the input and has passed the Turing test. Big deal. Like, us meat-machines are so different?"


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