[ExI] Semiotics and Computability (was: The digital nature of brains)
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 12:24:24 UTC 2010
On 4 February 2010 12:15, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm not completely sure what you're saying in this post, but at some
> point the string of symbol associations (A means B, B means C, C means
> D...) is grounded in sensory input.
> Searle would say that there needs
> to be an extra step whereby the symbol so grounded gains "meaning",
> but this extra step is not only completely mysterious, it is also
> completely superfluous, since every observable fact about the world
> would be the same without it.
Which sounds pretty equivalent to saying that it does not exist, if one
accepts that one's "world" is simply the set of all observable phenomena,
and that a claim pertaining to the existence of something is meaningless
only if it can be disproved.
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