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Descartes' second factor, however, is action from knowledge, which does not withstand criticism as well. He states,
although machines can perform certain things as well as or perhaps better than any of us can do, they infallibly fall short in others, by the which means we may discover that they did not act from knowledge, but from the disposition of their organs...
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For while reason is a universal instrument which can serve for all contingencies, these organs have need of some special adaptation for every particular action. (Descartes)
He later goes on to make an analogy to a clock: just because a clock tells time better than humans does not mean that it has more reason or that it possesses any knowledge but instead that the pulleys and weights inside of it are disposed, by the nature of its design, to calculate and display time; it is not action from any knowledge or consciousness of itself or its task...
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