RE: [-empyre-] the heart of the matter

The most reductive way to put it would be to argue that the two are not
analogous to one another.  

My understanding is that although there is a processing involved, but we
could discuss the definition of information, processing, etc., and the
nature of cognition vs. data processing (i.e. digital computation).  I
feel that the processes are so fundamentally different, that to make
analogues between the two is problematic at best.

Part of my argument is that if one has a hammer, everything looks like a
nail.  We use computers now, and my contention is that much looks like
data to us.

A question back: can there be a thing such as
non-qualitative/non-discrete computing?  I used to program analog
computers, but I am thinking about qualitative computing, but not
analog.  Consider that I might be suggesting a complete break with
silicon computing here.  It might be an application for biocomputing.

Patrick Lichty
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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jim Andrews
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 3:46 PM
To: soft_skinned_space
Subject: RE: [-empyre-] the heart of the matter

hi patrick,

what does it mean to say "human thought... is not akin to digital
computation at all."


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