> From: david.ny...@gmail.com
> Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:03:39 +0100
> Subject: Re: Emulation and Stuff
> To: everything-list@googlegroups.com
> 009/8/19 Flammarion <peterdjo...@yahoo.com>:
> >> I completely agree that **assuming primary matter** computation is "a
> >> physical process taking place in brains and computer hardware".  The
> >> paraphrase argument - the one you said you agreed with - asserts that
> >> *any* human concept is *eliminable*
> >
> > No, reducible, not eliminable. That is an important distinction.
> Not in this instance.  The whole thrust of the paraphrase argument is
> precisely to show - in principle at least - that the reduced concept
> can be *eliminated* from the explanation.  You can do this with
> 'life', so you should be prepared to do it with 'computation'.
Well, not if you believe there are objective truths about computations that are 
never actually carried out in the physical world, like whether some program 
with an input string a googolplex digits long ever halts or not.
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