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“Chinese Room” (2)

    • Searle is instructed to push back through the slot the Chinese script with which the scripts coming in through the slot are correlated according to the rules.

    • Searle identifies the scripts coming in and going out on the basis of their shapes alone. He does not speak Chinese, he does not understand them

    • The scripts going in are called ‘the questions’, the scripts coming out are ‘the answers’, and the rules that Searle follows is ‘the program’.

    • Suppose also that the set of rules, the program is so good and Searle gets so good at following it that Searle’s answers are indistinguishable from those of a native Chinese speaker.


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