Let me share an amusing anecdote. The first few times I taught my undergraduate computability and complexity course at MIT (6.045), I included a lecture about the “great philosophical debates of computer science”: the Turing Test, the Chinese Room, Roger Penrose’s views, etc. My goal was always to get the students arguing with each other about these questions. But I always failed, because I couldn’t find a _single_ MIT undergrad who thought Searle’s position made sense and would argue for it.

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