Views into the Chinese Room: New Essays on Searle and Artificial Intelligence / Edition 1

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The most famous challenge to computational cognitive science and artificial intelligence is the philosopher John Searle's "Chinese Room" argument. Searle argued that, although machines can be devised to respond to input with the same output as would a mind, machines—unlike minds—lack understanding of the symbols they process. 19 essays by leading scientists and philosophers assess, renew, and respond to his challenge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199252770
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Preston is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading. Mark Bishop is Lecturer in Cybernetics at the University of Reading.

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Table of Contents

1 Twenty-One Years in the Chinese Room
2 Searle's Arguments Against Cognitive Science
3 Understanding, Orientations, and Objectivity
4 A Chinese Room that Understands
5 The Chinese Room from a Logical Point of View
6 Nixin' Goes to China
7 Real Robots and the Missing Thought-Experiment in the Chinese Room Dialectic
8 Wittgenstein's Anticipation of the Chinese Room
9 The Hinterlandof the Chinese Room
10 Searle's Misunderstandings of Functionalism and Strong AI
11 Consciousness, Computation, and the Chinese Room
12 Neural Depictions of 'World' and 'Self': Bringing Computational Understanding to the Chinese Room
13 Do Virtual Actions Avoid the Chinese Room?
14 Minds, Machines, and Searle 2: What's Right and Wrong about the Chinese Room Argument
15 Alien Encounters
16 Cyborgs in the Chinese Room: Boundaries Transgressed and Boundaries Blurred
17 Changes in the Rules: Computers, Dynamical Systems, and Searle
18 Dancing with Pixies: Strong Artificial Intelligence and Panpsychism
19 Syntax, Semantics, Physics
A Short Bibliography on Searle's Arguments
Name index
Subject index
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