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|Computer Model||II 201
Algorithm/McGinn: does not presuppose intelligence, only patience. It can be carried out without consciousness.
Symbol processing: is purely syntactic.
Computer/mind/McGinn: because symbol processing is purely syntactic, mental processes cannot be equated with symbol-processing algorithms.
The mind responds to meaning and not only to syntax.
Computer/sensation/McGinn: running a program does not guarantee a sensation, it is neither necessary nor sufficient, because sensations generally do not include any symbol processing.
((s) is symbol processing not involved in any case? Yes, but not on the top level. Otherwise you’d have to talk about pain before you could feel it.).
McGinn: A pain is no more a symbol than a heartbeat.
There is nothing linguistic about an anguished animal and the same applies to us.
I 212 ff
Robot/sensation/McGinn: all this does not mean that a robot cannot have a consciousness, it can just not have by virtue of his property as a computer.
There might actually be a conscious artifact. If it turned out that we were created by aliens, it would not mean that we have no consciousness.
General question: does consciousness add anything to the organization of mental functions?
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