Minds, Brains and Programs: An Information-theoretic Approach

Maleeh, Reza (2015) Minds, Brains and Programs: An Information-theoretic Approach. Mind and Matter, 13 1: 71-103.

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Author Maleeh, Reza
Title Minds, Brains and Programs: An Information-theoretic Approach
Journal name Mind and Matter   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1611-8812
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 71
End page 103
Total pages 33
Place of publication Exeter, United Kingdom
Publisher Imprint Academic
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Adopting the notion of “pragmatic information” as interpreted by Roederer and granted that understanding arises from genuine information processing, I show that Searle’s “Chinese Room Argument” in rejecting the thesis of Strong Artificial Intelligence and his responses to critics are sound and acceptable. The paper is a safe and secure translation of Searle’s argument into a language of information. According to the notion of information that I adopt, information and information processing are exclusive attributes of biological and artificial systems. However, I will show that information-theoretically, biological brains are fundamentally different from their artificial simulations. I will argue that only biological systems, or their duplicates, are genuine information processing systems and thus capable of understanding Chinese. “Understanding”, in my proposal, denotes “phenomenal consciousness” in the context of Chalmers’ thesis of naturalistic dualism
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