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Will Computers Ever Really Be Conscious and Intelligent?

Philosopher John Searle thinks not. _____ And literary critic Stanley Fish, writing in the New York Times, appears to agree with Searle, offering the following as a key distinction between himself and a computer: [I]ts procedures do not track my practice. I … Continue reading

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Stanley Fish on What Distinguishes Us from Computers

At the New York Times this week, Stanley Fish offers the following as a key distinction between himself and a computer: [I]ts procedures do not track my practice. I am not self-consciously generating a pattern of statistical frequencies. I am … Continue reading

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Stanley Fish on the Cross of Doubt

The religions I know are about nothing but doubt and dissent, and the struggles of faith, the dark night of the soul, feelings of unworthiness, serial backsliding, the abyss of despair. Whether it is the book of Job, the Confessions … Continue reading

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Can Atheists and Agnostics Dispense with Metaphysics?

I don’t think so. Human beings—atheist, agnostic, or otherwise—can never dispense with metaphysical questions because when we raise metaphysical questions we are speaking to questions about “ultimate reality.” What beliefs do we have about “ultimate reality”? Put another way: What … Continue reading

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Today’s Five Curious Links of Note

Futurist Ray Kurzweil is interviewed in New Scientist . . . more Media Matters tracks the far right’s response to Barack Obama’s use of Dijon mustard on a hamburger. Dijon mustard, it appears, is “elitist” and the new arugula . . . … Continue reading

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