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He/she might do constructive or destructive work with the machine. Likewise, a computer fed with the appropriate program can as well operate as a human mind and feed the machine with the required set of instructions (Damper 163-183). Then if this is the case the program itself a mind with its independent way of thinking giving us the dilemma and hence our basis of argument. Suppose that you a man who is totally unfamiliar with the Chinese language both in writing and in understanding is kept in a room that contains a basket that has all the Chinese symbols in it. The man is then given a book with a set of instructions in the language he understands presumably English. Likewise, feeding the computer with programs that contain a set of instructions does not make the computer an independent thinker but rather a machine that depends on the input it gets to give out the output. Hence, a computer too is a symbol-manipulating device and using it does not guarantee that it understands the l...

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