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John Searle and the subject of Consciousness and whether it is strictly a biological process.

I need help understanding the difference between syntactic and semantic knowledge. I also need help understanding the difference between form and content of knowledge as well as the implications of the form and content knowledge when assessing machine intelligence. And lastly, the difference between concepts of thinking, consciousness and knowledge in relation machine intelligence and human intelligence.

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I Read John Searle's Problem of Consciousness, (which can be found here: http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/harnad/Papers/Py104/searle.prob.html)

First, he says that when we say consciousness we are talking about a phenomenon that is distinguished from other phenomena like attention, knowledge and self-consciousness. He says that when he is talking about consciousness he mean the subjective states of sentience and awareness that "begin when one awakes in the morning from a dreamless sleep and continue throughout the day until one goes to sleep as night or falls into a coma, or dies, or otherwise becomes... unconscious..." So, I interpret this to mean, when someone is awake but not experiencing (seeing, tasting, touching, etc)

Searle says that consciousness is a biological phenomenon that has subjectivity- there is a sense that is private to each individual's consciousness. How this individual is relates to his pains, tickles, itches, thoughts, feelings.

So, what is the relationship between consciousness and the brain? Or how to we reconcile the ...

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Understanding the difference between syntactic and semantic knowledge. Understanding the difference between form and content of knowledge as well as the implications of the form and content knowledge when assessing machine intelligence. And lastly, the difference between concepts of thinking, consciousness and knowledge in relation machine intelligence and human intelligence.

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