RE: Functionalism and People as Programs

From: rmiller <>
Date: Sat, 04 Jun 2005 14:48:23 -0500

At 12:36 PM 6/4/2005, Lee Corbin wrote:
>R. Miller writes
> > Lee Corbin wrote:
> >
> > Exposure to a nuclear detonation at 4000 yds typically kills about 1 in a
> > million cells. When that happens, you die. I would suggest that is a
> bad
> > metaphor.
>Well, my numbers, above, are *entirely* different from yours. One in a million
>cells is a *terrible* loss. But one atom? There are 10^14 atoms per cell.
>(And 10^14 cells in a typical human.) I would stick with my numbers.
>But in case you are somehow right, and that each cell would be wrecked
>by the loss of a single atom, my point can be made by relaxing the
>numbers: replace what I've written by "I'll be happy to teleport even
>if 100 trillion atoms are destroyed: a whole cell, gone".

As I indicated earlier, I was out to lunch on that one-in-a-million
cells/atoms deal. As I understand it, one cell killed out of a million is
lethal, however.

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