Wednesday, April 17, 2013
H1 Group 2 Searle
My group discussed the many ideas of Searle. This philosopher provoked many thoughts in our group. One thing about Searle stuck out to me. This was said about him, "Avoidance or outright denial of unpleasant aspects of reality, especially those which might otherwise warrant an unfavorable opinion about ourselves. Thus, for example, the wishful thought, 'I'm not really addicted to nicotine; I could quit smoking any time.' is clearly self-deceptive." We can all trick ourselves into thinking something, but others may know the real truth behind the lies we exhibit to ourselves. Most of the time, we try to think of ourselves as perfect, so we refuse to believe that anything is wrong. You are truly only cheating yourself if you are being self deceptive.
After talking about self decption, we discused the machine topic. This raised many questions and feelings toward this idea. We all have a hard time believing that machines can actually be intelligent. Machines create an output from an input that WE put into it. Humans created machines and computers therefore they can never become more intelligent than we are. We as humans created all the information that computers have inside of them. Technology keeps improving so it is possible that computers or machines may scare us at some point. When you think about it, computers are only as smart as the humans that use them. Computers have no thought or emotions. They do not have the level of intensity that humans have so how can they be classified as intelligent beings? They cannot think on their own. Being intelligent means having certain thought processes. All in all, people can think what they want about machines and computers. Each person has his or her own ideas about them. Searle mearly made us think about this. It provokes feelings and thoughts in each of us as humans.