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Testing Free Will

is it possible for such agents to determine whether or not they possess free will? A precondition for answering this question is that the term "free will" is sufficiently well defined. IMHO,...
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Does a rock falling down a hill perform computation?

I think your example is overly complex for the question you are asking. Consider instead a pachinko-like device with a slot at the top, and 4 slots or holes at the bottom. In between the top and the ...
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Does or could ChatGPT understand text?

The argument is irrelevant. You can apply the same logic to say that humans don't understand text, since text doesn't exist in your brain. There are lots of software applications that read text- if ...
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Does a rock falling down a hill perform computation?

Computation is a deliberate mapping of inputs to outputs according to a finite list of specific instructions. An accidental process cannot be computation. A process with infinite or unknowable ...
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What are computable numbers, and what is their philosophical significance?

All mathematical formalizations of (intuitive) computability are known to be equivalent, in particular they are all equivalent to computability on the universal Turing machine. So technological ...
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Does or could ChatGPT understand text?

ChatGPT never gets the text questions online users type. All it gets is electrons. […] The ubiquitous claim that ChatGPT is trained on text stored on the internet is simply bonkers. This argument is ...
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Is philosophy computation?

If philosophy is mathematics and mathematics is computation, can I conclude that philosophy is computation? Yes. So is philosophy merely computation? No because philosophy isn't mathematics and ...
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Logic and Computation: a philosophical viewpoint on Curry-Howard isomorphism

I think you are right to be impressed with the Curry-Howard correspondence. It is a detailed and extensive rule-by-rule and feature-by-feature isomorphism. This strongly suggests that proof and ...
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Why doesn't the Chinese room learn Chinese?

Even if the man inside the Chinese room memorised every single translation instance (theoretically every possible combination which is impossible given our limited memory, but it's a thought ...
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How does Penrose defeat the computational theory of mind?

This is intended as a complement to Conifold's and Jobermark' answers Penrose's argument can be broken down to two parts: Based on Lucas's Gödelian argument against mechanism, he argues that the ...
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Does a rock falling down a hill perform computation?

Speaking as a computer scientist, I would say that every such hill is performing a computation. Namely, it computes the state that the rock is in once it reaches the bottom. More precisely, the input ...
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Does or could ChatGPT understand text?

First of all - LLM has no conscience so one can argue they do not understand anything at all. Does a flashlight understand that you switch it on when you push a button on it? No, it's just turned on ...
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Does or could ChatGPT understand text?

People are quick to point out that AI is merely electricity passing through some wires and transistors and such and to perform basic mathematical operations, and therefore AI is not intelligent like ...
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How does Penrose defeat the computational theory of mind?

The linked IEP article seems to me to be accurately summarized in the OP:"the argument about quantum processes in the brain falls short if we reject the original Gödelian argument... Penrose goes on ...
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Does a rock falling down a hill perform computation?

Computation is like meaning or beauty; it is something that we may see in physical objects but it really isn't in the object; it is in the mind of the observer. When you see marks on a screen, those ...
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What do dual-intuitionistic and minimal logic model?

Minimal logic is intuitionistic logic without ex falso quodlibet. One way to understand the difference in interpretation between minimal (ML), intuitionistic (IL) and classical logic (CL) is by ...
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Can computers do things Turing machines can't?

Short answer is no; modern computers cannot do things that Turing machines can't do. What they can do is run very sophisticated, complex Turing machines that simulate things that Turing machines would ...
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What are the different kinds of computation that exist?

Well, there are different kinds of physical computers as the other answer touched on. But if you're asking about types of computation, then in mathematics and computer science this often refers to ...
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Are there thoughts that cannot be put into words?

There is no difference between a thought we know how to express in words and one we don't. There is a difference, but it is not between the thoughts. We use words to refer not to actual things in the ...
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Does or could ChatGPT understand text?

First of all, I'm involved in NLP, so thanks for the paper. Some questions that come through here are malformed grammatically, so it's always a pleasure to find a semantically apropos, well cited ...
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How does Penrose defeat the computational theory of mind?

Penrose believes that quantum mechanics is incomplete. So even if it is true that all quantum processes as they are currently known are computational, Penrose would argue there's something missing and ...
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Why doesn't the Chinese room learn Chinese?

There seem to be several things not understood in asking this question. Searle gave an intuitive argument. He did not and still does not understand the details so there was a limit to what he could ...
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Where is the knowledge that AI's "knowledge representations" represent?

In the context of artificial intelligent agents and AI, it appears that know is just the primitive connecting those agents to their representations of knowledge. In the 1995 edition of Artificial ...
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Human Mind vs Computer

So my question is: what is it that human mind can do which a computer (Universal TM) can not? INTRODUCTION Let us presume that you set aside the obvious retort: human brains are embodied and have ...
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Consciousness in Simulation theory & AI, why do some believe that it is even possible?

What is consciousness? There isn't a commonly accepted definition of consciousness (that I'm aware of). This lack of a precise definition presents the first and biggest problem in providing a concrete ...
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Consciousness in Simulation theory & AI, why do some believe that it is even possible?

You ask for "a good argument" for the idea that consciousness is possible in a simulation. I'm not sure that any such argument exists, because in the absence of any agreement as to what ...
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Consciousness in Simulation theory & AI, why do some believe that it is even possible?

Nobody has ever found any credible evidence that the human brain is anything besides a very complicated computer* running strange software. In particular, you don't have any credible evidence that ...
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Paradoxes regarding Identity of consciousness, illusion of present time

Your thought experiment isolates a key tension in some modern views of consciousness. There is some underlying conflict between two views you are assuming in your question: A) Consciousness is ...
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Testing Free Will

I don't really think it can ever be tested. Personally what convinces me there is no free will is the large amount of evidence that the chemistry of the brain determines our moods, even our ...
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Testing Free Will

This is actually a question about philosophy of science. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the criteria of falsifiability. Simply put, for a hypothesis to even be suitable to be proven or disproven ...
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