On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM, ColinHales <col.ha...@gmail.com> wrote:

> There seems to be a profound, institutionalized failure within
> scientists that results, for whatever reason, in an inability to
> distinguish between the actual natural world and a (mathematical)
> model of its behaviour, as apparent to a scientist.

If you model a natural environment presenting some problem to a human
within that environment, the simulated human will arrive at the same
solution as the real human would have. If intelligence is
problem-solving behaviour, there is therefore no difference between
the natural world and the model provided that the model is in fact a
good one. Your claim that computers cannot replicate human
intelligence is thus equivalent to a claim that there is some process
in the human brain which is not Turing emulable. What process do you
think that might be?

Stathis Papaioannou

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