On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 7:52 AM, benjayk
<benjamin.jaku...@googlemail.com> wrote:

>  Well, that is you imagining to be a computer. But program an actual
> computer that concludes this without it being hard-coded into it. All it
> could do is repeat the opinion you feed it, or disagree with you, depending
> on how you program it.

At the most basic level, programming a physical computer involves
arranging its matter in a particular configuration. The computer can
only arrive at subsequent configurations through the laws of physics
acting on the present configuration. And that is exactly the case with
humans as well: they can only arrive at subsequent configurations
through the laws of physics acting on the present configuration. So if
a computer can only do what it is programmed to do by its environment
a human also can only do what he is programmed to do by his
environment.


-- 
Stathis Papaioannou

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