Introduction to Cognitive Science

The Turing Test
and the Chinese Room Argument

Last Update: 30 January 2012

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  1. Powerpoint slides

  2. Philosophy of AI

  3. The Turing Test

  4. The Chinese-Room Argument:

    1. Searle, John R. (1980), "Minds, Brains, and Programs", Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3: 417-457.

    2. Searle, John R. (1986), Minds, Brains and Science: 1984 Reith Lectures (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

    3. The secondary literature, both by Searle and by others, on the CRA is immense. The best brief overviews are:

      1. Hauser, Larry (2001), "The Chinese Room Argument", Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

      2. Cole, David (2004), "The Chinese Room Argument", in Edward N. Zalta (ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2004 Edition)

    4. Suits, David B. (1989), "Out of the Chinese Room", Computers & Philosophy Newsletter 4(1–2) (July): 1–7. [HTML]

      • [PDF]
      • This is one of my favorite essays on the CRA;
        at long last, it's online.

      • NEW
        And here's a cartoon illustration of one of its points
        (read the paper if you don't understand why!):

  5. How to Pass a Turing Test and Escape from the Chinese Room

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