Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment: A Twist

Rachel Anne Williams
4 min readApr 15, 2018

Why the famous thought experiment comes to the wrong conclusion

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In 1980 John Searle published a paper, “Minds, Brains, and Programs”, in Behavioral and Brain Sciences and introduced a famous thought experiment: The Chinese Room. With this thought experiment, Searle sparked a thousand debates and discussions about artificial intelligence, consciousness, semantics, functionalism…