On 3/1/2013 12:52 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Friday, March 1, 2013 3:33:03 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
On 3/1/2013 12:20 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
It doesn't matter how many knee-jerk twitches you put together or in what
they are still always going to be empty, mindless mechanisms.
Repeated assertions aren't evidence.
It's interesting because my assertion is rooted in the same understanding, but you are
applying a double standard. I say that repeated mechanical assertions aren't anything
other than that. You say that they aren't evidence...but how do you know?
For one thing because you contradict them yourself. You just posted, in reply to Bruno,
"I don't know that all machines cannot think" Then you turn around and assert,"they are
always going to be empty mindless mechanisms."
If a mechanical potato peeler can someday learn to taste potatoes, then maybe repeated
assertions can become evidence?
If the potato peeler has a choice and chooses to peel potatoes more than tomatoes then
that will be evidence. It's same kind of evidence that would tell you whether a human
being preferred potatoes to tomatoes.
I suppose you heard about the guy who worked in at fast food place and developed an
irrational urge to put his penis in the potato peeler. He knew something bad would happen
but he couldn't stop himself from thinking about it. He finally went to a psychiatrist.
The psychiatrist told him that if he couldn't stop thinking about it he might as well try
it. So he did.
When he got home from work, he told his wife what he'd done.
She said,"Oh, my God!" and rushed to pull down his pants. She looked at him and said,
"What happened to the potato peeler?"
He said, "I think she got fired too."
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