David Bentley Hart and the experience of God

I have hugely enjoyed David Bentley Hart’s latest, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss. It’s philosophical theology with attitude and heart. A taster of his demolishing style (in this section, bashing computational models of mind):

“Software no more ‘thinks’ than a minute hand knows the time or the printed word ‘pelican’ knows what a pelican is. We might just as well liken the mind to an abacus, a typewriter, or a library. No computer has ever used a language, or responded to a question, or assigned a meaning to anything. No computer has ever so much as added two numbers together, let alone entertained a thought, and none ever will… A computer does not even really compute. We compute, using it as a tool.”

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