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John Searle

Philosophy Professor

John Searle is a philosophy professor at the University of California. He created the famous Chinese Room argument widely cited in the philosophy of mind.

John Searle's Opinions

Disagree
[The Chinese Room Argument] is a simple demonstration that the computational model of consciousness is not sufficient for consciousness. ... Its point is simply this: Computation is defined syntactically. It is defined in terms of the manipulation of symbols. But the syntax by itself can never be sufficient for the sort of contents that characteristically go with conscious thoughts. Just having zeros and ones by themselves is insufficient to guarantee mental content, conscious or unconscious.
01 Mar 1993    Source


Agree
It is possible in principle to build a machine that behaves exactly like a human being but has no consciousness or intentionality. No mental life at all. ... So the possibility in principle of a zombie that behaves just like a human being seems to me something that cannot be ruled out a priori. It is no doubt difficult and perhaps impossible in practice, but in theory it is easy to imagine such a machine.
15 Mar 2009    Source


Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

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Agree
William Dembski
Intelligent Design Theorist
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Martin Gardner
Mathematician, Science Writer
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
David Chalmers
Philosophy Professor
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Todd Moody
Philosophy Professor
75% agreement / 1 opinions

In-Between
Steven Pinker
Psychology Professor
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Bryan Caplan
Economics Professor
50% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Jeff Hawkins
Neuroscientist, Inventor of Palm Pilot
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Disagree
Daniel Dennett
Philosophy Professor
0% agreement / 2 opinions

Susan Blackmore
Psychology Lecturer, Former Parapsychologist
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Alan Turing
Father of Computer Science
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Robin Hanson
Economics Professor
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
Artificial Intelligence Researcher
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

John Searle's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers John Searle typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
Low Disagree Could a computer ever be conscious?