[ExI] Semiotics and Computability

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 12:35:10 UTC 2010

On 2/5/10, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> By definition it isn't measurable, since (according to Searle and
>  Gordon) it would be possible to perfectly reproduce the behaviour of
>  the brain, but leave out understanding. It is only possible to observe
>  behaviour, so if behaviour is separable from understanding, you can't
>  observe it. I'm waiting for Gordon to say, OK, I've changed my mind,
>  it is *not* possible to reproduce the behaviour of the brain and leave
>  out understanding, but he just won't do it.

"You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason
themselves into."
— Ben Goldacre (Bad Science)

Gordon is listening to a voice in his head that tells him that
'It *must* be this way.  It just *must*!'
And you can't argue with that.

True-believer syndrome is an expression coined by M. Lamar Keene to
describe an apparent cognitive disorder characterized by believing in
the reality of paranormal or supernatural events after one has been
presented overwhelming evidence that the event was fraudulently


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