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  • Writer's pictureMichael DeBellis

John Searle's Chinese Room Argument

The first article on my blog was a reaction to some readings I did many years ago when I audited a seminar on Philosophy of Mind led by John Searle at UC Berkeley. Next to Noam Chomsky, Searle is probably the most famous living American philosopher. Searle's Chinese Room argument was one of the things that got me interested in computers. I originally started out studying philosophy and I've always continued my interest in philosophy. The Chinese Room was a thought experiment by Searle to demonstrate that computers can't think the way humans do. I wrote a short article on my counter arguments to the Chinese Room which are not the standard counter arguments that people usually use. My article was recently published in an online philosophy magazine: https://philosophynow.org/issues/155/Arguing_with_the_Chinese_Room



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