On Tue, Feb 07, 2006 at 08:34:22PM +0100, Quentin Anciaux wrote:
> To the list,
> I don't understand how some of you accept the term "we are machine" and not 
> "we are digitalisable at some level and hence emulable at that level", could 
> someone enlight me on this apparent contradiction ?
> Quentin

Machine means more than Turing machine. For example, I would count a
Geiger counter connected to a radioactive source as a machine, yet no
Turing machine can reproduce its pattern of clicks.

"We are machine" simply means to me that there is no immaterial soul
breathing life into our bodies - we are ultimately 100% material.


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