The American philosopher, John Searle, most notable contribution is arguably a thought experiment called the “Chinese Room” which is best explained in a 90 seconds youtube link below.
What would be the equivalent of the “Arab Room”?
A Middle Eastern civilian outside the room would slip a paper into a room, describing their suffering. The person inside the room is an Alien.
The alien does not understand what it mean to be human, but is intelligent and highlights key words to geographically locate the civilian’s nationality, correlates the civilian suffering with references to left, right politics, calibrates the finding further with nationalistic and/or religious affiliations, anchors it with historical milestones such as rise of Wahhabism, Belfour declaration, Sykes-Picot, Zionism, Ba’athism and slips under the door an articulate response to the civilian.
The civilian that receives the information believes that person inside the room understands the meaning of their suffering; while in reality the person inside the room has no concept what it means to be a human.
What if the Alien inside the room, is a human who 100% believes he is an Alien? Would that change anything?
What if the Alien inside the room, is a human who 100% believes he is holy? Would that change anything?