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ziq wrote (edited )

it just has some pre-set rules for organising symbols

That's basically what humans do. Our behaviours are completely predictable, as if our responses to stimuli are hard-coded into us. Experience X + Stimuli A = Reaction XA.

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Dumai wrote

i mean hard determinism is kind of not a very respectable position but that's not the point

the point is a computer can only organise and manipulate linguistic symbols but they have no semantic awareness of these symbols

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ziq wrote

not a very respectable position

Really dumai? I'm not some philosophy grad, do you have to be so elitist? Idk wtf hard determinism is but it sounds like insular thinking along the lines of "a bunch of distinguished gentleman philosophers I've studied would scoff at your thoughts so they're not worth my time". You often use very condescending language to communicate and it almost feels classist.

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Dumai wrote (edited )

i'm not a philosophy grad either

i just know that the position you described is called "hard determinism" and that i don't think it's very well-considered

i'm not speaking for anybody but myself here