On Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 12:33 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:

> The more upset you become, the more I know that the flaws in your argument
> have been exposed. What you are arguing is that a computer has to know
> whether an mp3 file is sound or graphics before it can analyze the pattern
> of the data.  It isn't true. Everything that can be done with data and
> translated into a physical action is independent of any experiential format.
> We know this for a fact - its the whole basis of computation: the
> universality of data processing. Every sense is reduced to an a-signifying
> binary code which allows us to add on whatever significance and format it in
> whatever sense modality we prefer to get it in. The computer has no sensory
> awareness of the significance we apply to its programs at all. If they did,
> we would simply be able to hook up a microscope and look at the area of the
> DRAM chips which correspond to video instructions and use that as our
> screen. But that doesn't work, because there is no place in a computer or in
> a brain where such a homuncular screen exists.

The computer may not understand the mp3 file, but neither would a
human reading the file's binary code. If it doesn't follow that humans
can't understand music from the latter statement then it doesn't
follow that computers can't understand music from the former.

Stathis Papaioannou

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