Re: Bruno's argument

From: 1Z <>
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 10:11:57 -0700

Brent Meeker wrote:
> 1Z wrote:
> >
> > Brent Meeker wrote:
> >
> >
> >>I'm considering rejecting the idea that a computation can be
> >>distinguished from noise by some internal characteristic of the
> >>computation. I don't think you can make the idea of "information hidden
> >>in noise" well defined. By Shannon's measure noise is information.
> >
> >
> > You can easily distinguish computation from noise using counterfactuals
> Can you make that more concrete - an example perhaps?

Counterfactuals come from the undertlying physics of the computation.
Cups of coffee don't have any woth speaking about-- you can't force
them into the same state twice.

Whether they are part of the "internal characteristitcs of a
depends, question-beggingly , ont what you mean by "computation".

If you think a computation is nothing but a string of 1's and 0's,
will be very difficulty to find.

That may well be a /reductio/ of "a computation is nothing but a
string of 1's and 0's".

> Brent Meeker

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