Thursday, April 18, 2013
John Searle 16-2
Searle's Chinese Room example totally misses the mark when it comes to examining computers and their ability to "think" or not. The confused man who doesn't know what exactly he's doing is a terrible way to illustrate a computer because it implies that somewhere in the computer there is the capability for it to understand in the first place. The man has the capability to understand and for higher functioning whereas the computer does not have the ability to do so. A computer doesn't have the capability to understand even if we wanted it to, the man on the other hand does have the capability to understand if someone were to allow him to. A computer is a machine created by man. Computers do not think unless we give them the capability to do so and even then they are restricted by their parts, their mechanisms. In the same sense as our thoughts are limited by our biology. You cannot think or behave in a way that your brain does not have capability of allowing you to do so just like a computer cannot function outside of what its parts allow it to.