chapter  2
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Subsymbolic Computation and the Chinese Room

Searle’s terms for the doctrine of computationalism is strong Al. This con­ trasts with weak Al, which holds merely that the computer can be used as a powerful tool for understanding the mind. Strong Al goes far beyond this, holding that the appropriately programmed computer really has (or is) a mind. In Searle’s view, strong Al is thoroughly implausible, and his arguments attempt to discredit it, showing that nothing could ever possess true mentality merely by virtue of instantiating an appropriate computer program.