Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 467–490

How to Pass a Turing Test

  • William J. Rapaport
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008319409770

Cite this article as:
Rapaport, W.J. Journal of Logic, Language and Information (2000) 9: 467. doi:10.1023/A:1008319409770

Abstract

I advocate a theory of “syntactic semantics” as a way of understanding how computers can think (and how the Chinese-Room-Argument objection to the Turing Test can be overcome): (1) Semantics, considered as the study of relations between symbols and meanings, can be turned into syntax – a study of relations among symbols (including meanings) – and hence syntax (i.e., symbol manipulation) can suffice for the semantical enterprise (contra Searle). (2) Semantics, considered as the process of understanding one domain (by modeling it) in terms of another, can be viewed recursively: The base case of semantic understanding –understanding a domain in terms of itself – is “syntactic understanding.” (3) An internal (or “narrow”), first-person point of view makes an external (or “wide”), third-person point of view otiose for purposes of understanding cognition.

Chinese-Room Argumentfirst-person point of viewinternalismmethodological solipsismproblem of other mindsrepresentative realismrules and representationssemantic networksemanticsSNePSsyntaxTuring Test

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Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Rapaport
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  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Philosophy, and Center for Cognitive ScienceState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloU.S.A.