Posts tagged ‘john searle’

August 2nd, 2012

The Argument from Mind

by Max Andrews

Abraham Varghese examines five mental phenomena with three preliminary comments: 1) These are not proofs but transcendent necessary conditions 2) These are not probabilities or hypotheses but “fundamental realities that cannot be denied without contradiction” and 3) Immediate experience of these phenomena are sufficient evidence.

The general argument: Materialism can never produce these phenomena–a mind is the only necessary and sufficient explanation.

Phenomenon 1: Rationality

The universe is rational; it has an inner logic that we are capable of understanding. There is a correlation between the workings of nature and our abstract description of those workings.  Atheists cannot account for this on the basis of natural laws nor on the basis of something coming from nothing.  Nothing has no properties.

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March 3rd, 2011

Watson Doesn’t Know He Won Jeopardy

by Max Andrews

UC Berkeley Professor of Philosophy John Searle chimed in on Jeopardy’s recent episode where a computer competed against the show’s two winningest contestants.  Searle illustrates his objection to AI claims with his famous Chinese Room thought experiment.  His insight is interesting and, I believe, true when it comes to artificial intelligence (never mind the lack of an immaterial mind, that’s beside the point).

See the Wall Street Journal Wednesday Feb. 23, 2011 article.