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David Bentley Hart on artificial intelligence

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Of interest to all, but perhaps especially to those in Huenemann’s Philosophy of Mind course:

David Bentley Hart explains why the mind is not like a  computer and why mind and its activities cannot be reduced to material processes.

Here is a longer treatment.

Hat tip to USU alum Cam Davis for this link.




  1. Huenemann says:

    It’s a good expression of Searle’s “Chinese Room” argument (which we’ll be discussing in class in a couple of weeks). And if one insists that intensionality can result only from some mysterious sort of consciousness that is available only to humans, it’s a compelling argument.


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