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Single Idea 3216

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 7. Chinese Room]

Full Idea

The question for a computational-representation theory about the Chinese Room is: is what is happening inside the room functionally equivalent to what is happening inside a normal Chinese speaker?

Gist of Idea

Is the room functionally the same as a Chinese speaker?


Georges Rey (Contemporary Philosophy of Mind [1997], 10.2.1)

Book Reference

Rey,Georges: 'Contemporary Philosophy of Mind' [Blackwell 1997], p.271

A Reaction

Certainly the Room lacks morality ('how can I torture my sister?'). It won't spot connections between recent questions. It won't ask itself questions. It will take years to spot absurd questions.