On Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:50:20 PM UTC-4, Stephen Paul King wrote:
> On 9/20/2012 11:02 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote: 
> > Here's another reductio ad absurdum illustration of comp. 
> > 
> > If the version of comp we are discussing here is independent of 
> > physics, then shouldn't it be possible for us to program universal 
> > machines using only empty space? Length can be quantified, so why 
> > can't we just use millimeters or Planck lengths as the basis for our 
> > enumeration, addition, and multiplication and directly program from 
> > our mind to space? 
> > 
> > Of course, it would be hard to know where it was because we would be 
> > constantly flying away from a space that was anchored to an absolute 
> > position independent of Earth, the solar system, Milky Way, etc, but 
> > that shouldn't matter anyhow since whatever method we use to directly 
> > program in empty space with our minds should also give us access to 
> > the results of the computations. 
> > 
> > What do you think? Just as wafers of silicon glass could in theory be 
> > functionally identical to a living brain, wouldn't it be equally 
> > prejudiced to say that empty space isn't good enough to host the 
> > computations of silicon? 
> > 
> > 
> > Craig 
> Hey Craig, 
>      What do you think physical computers actually are? "universal 
> machines using only empty space". But Nature hates a vacuum... 

Physical computers are assembled substances which exhibit exceptionally 
normative, controllable, and observable behaviors.


> -- 
> Onward! 
> Stephen 
> http://webpages.charter.net/stephenk1/Outlaw/Outlaw.html 

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