On 19 Nov 2010, at 13:36, 1Z wrote:

We don't invoke thought and reason to explain the abilities and
behavior of chess playing computers

Sometimes we do...see Dennett;s "intentional stance"

key point, I agree. I would say we always do that. No one will explain why a chess playing computers makes a move in term of the material and physical laws making up the computer activity.
With a so strong form of reductionism, power sets would not exist.



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