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     Lycan basically writes a logical response to Searle's paper with empty arguments.  He also fails to back up his claim that a system other than a human brain is capable of understanding. Both Searle and Lycan agree that individual objects within a system cannot be considered thinking.  In other words, both Searle and Lycan believe that in the example of the Chinese room, the man does not understand the language by himself.  It is very obvious to Lycan that an object as part of a system cannot understand

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    John Searle

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    Brains, and Programs”, John Searle says that in order to properly discuss whether strong Artificial Intelligence is possible, we must first ask the following question: could something think, understand and so on solely by virtue of being a computer with the right sort of program? In this essay I will discuss what the correct answer to this question could be. I will first focus on Alan Turing’s view that with the correct program, a computer could think. I will then move on to John Searle’s view that programs

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    Turing, Searle, and Artificial Intelligence

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    capable of passing the Turing test, is being insulted by a 10 year old boy, whose mother is questioning the appropriateness of punishing him for his behavior. We cannot answer the mother's question without speculating as to what A.M. Turing and John Searle, two 20th century philosophers whose views on artificial intelligence are starkly contrasting, would say about this predicament. Furthermore, we must provide fair and balanced consideration for both theorists’ viewpoints because, ultimately, neither

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    The Chinese Room Argument

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    John Searle formulated the Chinese Room Argument in the early 80’s as an attempt to prove that computers are not cognitive operating systems. In short though the immergence of artificial and computational systems has rapidly increased the infinite possibility of knowledge, Searle uses the Chinese room argument to shown that computers are not cognitively independent. John Searle developed two areas of thought concerning the independent cognition of computers. These ideas included the definition

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    John Searle’s Chinese room argument from his work “Minds, Brains, and Programs” was a thought experiment against the premises of strong Artificial Intelligence (AI). The premises of conclude that something is of the strong AI nature if it can understand and it can explain how human understanding works. I will argue that the Chinese room argument successfully disproves the conclusion of strong AI, however, it does not provide an explanation of what understanding is which becomes problematic when

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    Technological advances

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    machines to have qualities like human beings, such as a conscious and the structure of the human body. However, can machines really have a conscious like humans? Similarly, Alan Turing and John Searle both debated whether machines have a conscious or not. This discussion will be based upon the explanation of Turing and Searle and why I believe machines cannot have a conscious. In "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" by Turing, he uses the imitation game as an example of how machines can think. The imitation

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    in African tribes, a person who may be classified as schizophrenic according to the DSM is highly revered in the tribe, and nothing in mental illness is mind independent for all mental illness classifications lie within the mind. I will now discuss John R. Searle’s The Construction of Social Reality to incorporate the social constructivist perspective that will be used to explain further the reasons for which the theories of mental illness fail to meet the criterion of the standard ... ... middle

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    Can Computers Think?

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    2004). But is it appropriate to say that a human can be replaced by a computer? I believe that not all humans will be replaced by a computer, but I do think that a computer will be able to do many of the same things that a human can already do. John R. Searle and Alan Turing are two philosophers that I will be relating to in order to examine the likelihood of a computer being able to “think” or not “think” and I will look into how a computer and a human have more in common than what “humans” actually

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    Introduction The object of this essay is to depict as to whether or not artificial intelligence (A.I.) is possible from the use of arguments by Alan Turing, John Searle, and Jerry Fodor. To accomplish the task at hand; I shall firstly, describe the Turing Test and explain how it works, secondly, describe Functionalism and to detail on how it allows for future A.I. Thirdly, I will describe and explain Searle’s argument and example of the “Chinese room”, and finally I shall describe and explain a

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    John Searle is an American philosopher who is best known for his thought experiment on The Chinese Room Argument. This argument is used in order to show that computers cannot process what they comprehend and that what computers do does not explain human understanding. The question of “Do computers have the ability to think?” is a very conflicting argument that causes a lot of debate between philosophers in the study of Artificial Intelligence—a belief that machines can imitate human performance—

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