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In philosophy, intentionality is often superficially summarized as "aboutness". Beliefs, desires, etc. often have an object that they are about; e.g. "I believe that Johnny is alive". This is thought to be important, and perhaps something that a machine could never achieve.

Note that intentionality (-tion-) is not to be confused with intensionality (-sion-), a concept from semantics.

See also: Chinese Room, Thomas Nagel, consciousness, mind-body problem, John Searle