Re: The Game of Life

From: Russell Standish <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 100 15:42:04 +1100 (EST)

> Animals can display signs of self-awareness and consciousness. They do not
> possess all the mental faculties that humans have that we may take for
> granted. For example, as mentioned by Bruno, introspection and
> inquisitiveness. But the hard evidence for being human lies in written and
> symbolic language and the ability to generate permanent records using this
> language. Most animals are physically incapable of writing, e.g.,
> quadrupeds. A substitute for written language could be a very good memory
> capacity for communication by sound (oral language). The limitation of oral
> language is that it is inherently one-dimensional, while written or
> symbolic language is two-dimensional. Both written language and sufficient
> memory capacity for oral language probably require highly evolved brains.
> Written language also leads to the concept of laws.
> An appreciation of the Anthropic Principle by an SAS requires the SAS
> possesses, in addition to introspection and inquisitiveness, a sense of
> laws governing the world. This would entail that the SAS should have
> something equivalent to written language ability. With these abilities, it
> would be natural for the SAS to ask why the laws are the way they are, etc.
> Fred

Yes - but why is an appreciation of the Anthropic Principle a
requirement for observing the Universe? Most applications of the AP do
not in fact need this requirement - eg my Occam paper does not depend
on it - however it is still a mystery that we're capable of
appreciating the AP.

Dr. Russell Standish Director
High Performance Computing Support Unit,
University of NSW Phone 9385 6967
Sydney 2052 Fax 9385 6965
Room 2075, Red Centre
Received on Wed Jan 12 2000 - 20:39:55 PST

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