[ExI] e: GPT-4 on its inability to solve the symbol grounding problem

Ben Zaiboc ben at zaiboc.net
Tue Apr 18 09:53:12 UTC 2023

On 18/04/2023 06:59, Gordon Swobe wrote:
> Optical illusions, hallucinations, abstract ideas, intuitively known 
> mathematical truths, all these purely subjective phenomena are 
> referents no less so than the direct perception of an apple. 

Well, I don't know about 'intuitively known mathematical truths' (pretty 
sure they don't exist, certainly in /my/ brain!), but I'd agree, except 
for the bit about 'direct perception of an apple'. There is no direct 
perception of anything. Only a flood of sensory feature data that we 
have to make sense of (and actually, a large part of it is discarded in 
the process). We don't perceive apples, we construct them. And as a 
consequence, sometimes the things we construct don't really exist, 
whether we realise it or not. Things like unicorns, gods and 'physical 

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