Date of Award

Spring 1999

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Philosophy

Abstract

This paper explores the project of creating artificial intelligence (AI) by examining three relationships central to the project. The relationships are between mind and brain, syntax and semantics, and simulation and duplication. Proponents of AI have attempted to clarify each of these relationships as suits their interests rather than treating each relationship with the care they deserve. In doing so, much confusion and debate has developed surrounding all three relationships. In presenting my explanations and conclusions concerning these relationships, I hope to clear away the confusion and present a clear, plausible case against the project of artificial intelligence.

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