On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:31:05 PM UTC-4, Brian Tenneson wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM, Craig Weinberg 
> <whats...@gmail.com<javascript:>
> > wrote:
>> Searle wasn't wrong. The whole point of the Chinese Room is to point out 
>> that computation is a disconnected, anesthetic function which is 
>> accomplished with no need for understanding of larger contexts. 
> How do we know that what humans do is understand things rather than just 
> compute things? 

Because we care about what we understand, and we identify with it 
personally.  Understanding is used also to mean compassion. When someone 
demonstrates a lack of human understanding, we say that they are behaving 
robotically, like a machine, etc. Questions like, "How do you know you are 
conscious?", or "How do you know that you feel?" are sophistry. How do you 
know that you can ask that question?


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