Views into the Chinese Room: New Essays on Searle and Artificial Intelligence

Paperback | July 1, 2002

EditorJohn Preston, Mark Bishop

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The most famous challenge to the aims of cognitive science and artificial intelligence is the philosopher John Searle's 1980 'Chinese Room' argument. Searle argued that the fact that machines can be devised to respond to input with the same output that a mind would give does not mean that mindand machine are doing the same thing: for the latter lacks understanding. Nineteen specially written essays by leading scientists and philosophers assess, renew, and respond to this crucial challenge--fascinating reading for anyone interested in minds and computers.

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The most famous challenge to the aims of cognitive science and artificial intelligence is the philosopher John Searle's 1980 'Chinese Room' argument. Searle argued that the fact that machines can be devised to respond to input with the same output that a mind would give does not mean that mindand machine are doing the same thing: for t...

John Preston is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading. Mark Bishop is Lecturer in Cybernetics at the University of Reading.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:428 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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John Preston: Introduction1. John R. Searle: Twenty-One Years in the Chinese Room2. Ned Block: Searle's Arguments Against Cognitive Science3. Terry Winograd: Understanding, Orientations, and Objectivity4. Herbert A. Simon, Stuart A. Eisenstadt: A Chinese Room that Understands5. B. Jack Copeland: The Chinese Room from a Logical Point of View6. Larry Hauser: Nixin' Goes to China7. Selmer Bringsjord, Ron Noel: Real Robots and the Missing Thought-Experiment in the Chinese Room Dialectic8. Diane Proudfoot: Wittgenstein's Anticipation of the Chinese Room9. Jeff Coulter, Wes Sharrock: The Hinterlandof the Chinese Room10. Georges Rey: Searle's Misunderstandings of Functionalism and Strong AI11. Roger Penrose: Consciousness, Computation, and the Chinese Room12. Igor Aleksander: Neural Depictions of 'World' and 'Self': Bringing Computational Understanding to the Chinese Room13. John G. Taylor: Do Virtual Actions Avoid the Chinese Room?14. Stevan Harnad: Minds, Machines, and Searle 2: What's Right and Wrong about the Chinese Room Argument15. Kevin Warwick: Alien Encounters16. Alison Adam: Cyborgs in the Chinese Room: Boundaries Transgressed and Boundaries Blurred17. Michael Wheeler: Changes in the Rules: Computers, Dynamical Systems, and Searle18. Mark Bishop: Dancing with Pixies: Strong Artificial Intelligence and Panpsychism19. John Haugeland: Syntax, Semantics, PhysicsA Short Bibliography on Searle's ArgumentsName index, Subject index