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 
> faces.

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. 


> Brent

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