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quoting page 15:"What should strike one about this account is the number of ‘its’ which appear in it, thenumber of conditions which have to be satisfied. The hearing of the Sonatas only comesabout if all these conditions are satisfied. Does this mean that the Sonatas are not actuallyin the piece of metal-coated plastic? Yes—they are not actually there. But there is adifference between this piece of metal-coated plastic and another in that one will, if allthe conditions are satisfied, produce Scarlatti’s Harpsichord Sonatas while the other willnot. The music is, therefore, virtually present in the plastic, that is to say, the plastic hasthe power to produce them in the appropriate circumstances."It's interesting that Searle's view of intentionality might deny this, since to Searle information can only exist in the intentions of a mind, and one can always build a tech machine that will interpret any given complex physical object so as, to, in this example, produce a sonata.
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