On Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 11:16:47AM -0700, William R. Buckley wrote:
> John:
> Regardless of your dislike for the term omniscience versus universality, the
> Turing machine 
> can compute all computable computations, and this simply by virtue of its
> construction.
> wrb

John is right - omniscience is a different concept to
universality. For the sake of clearer conversation, it is better to
keep that in mind, rather than arbitrarily redefining words "Humpty
Dumpty" like.

Of course, if there is no accepted definition for a concept, it is OK
to propose another one. But please restrict it to concepts that are
logically sound, and be prepared to drop your own definition if a
better one comes along.



Prof Russell Standish                  Phone 0425 253119 (mobile)
Principal, High Performance Coders
Visiting Professor of Mathematics      hpco...@hpcoders.com.au
University of New South Wales          http://www.hpcoders.com.au

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