[ExI] Meaningless Symbols.

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 05:08:47 UTC 2010

2010/1/13 John Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net>:
> Many philosophers have offered rebuttals to Searle's argument, but none of
> the reputable rebuttals deny the basic truth that the man in the room cannot
> understand symbols
> And no reputable philosopher can deny that the man is not important, the
> room is.

Searle's response is for the man to internalise the cards and rules so
that the room is eliminated. He then says that the man is the whole
system and still doesn't understand Chinese, therefore the system
doesn't understand Chinese. But that just means that Searle does not
understand the concept of a system.

Stathis Papaioannou

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