On Monday, January 21, 2013 5:38:32 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
> On 1/21/2013 2:09 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
> On Monday, January 21, 2013 4:59:55 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote:
>> On 1/21/2013 11:05 AM, Stephen P. King wrote:
>> Materialism fails since it cannot explain how it is possible for material
>> things to have representations of things, intensionality, such as numbers.
>> That's something evolution explains.
> Evolution can be used to retrospectively judge that it would be convenient
> if there were such things as representations, but it offers no such thing
> as a physical ontology of it. Evolution can also 'explain' why we have
> teleportation, time travel, and telepathy in the same way.
> If you want a causal explanation then I recommend you study computer
> science and learn how a computer can have representations of cities and
I have taught computer classes professionally actually. I'm certified MCSE
and CCEA and have been using computers on a daily basis since 1981.
Computers have no representations. It is us who use pixels to represent
images or transistors to represent bits of information, not a computer. A
computer wouldn't know the difference between a city and a face if it
scanned every image of a face and a city in existence.
I recommend you study semiotics and learn how symbols and subjects relate.
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