Re: Jaron Lanier

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Wed Nov 26 2003 - 11:56:29 MST

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From: "Perry E.Metzger" <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 12:40 PM

> I think what's really being said is "Computation has inherent limits
> and awkwardness, because, like mathematical theorems, programs do not
> and indeed cannot have a completely predictable structure. Rather than
> accepting this, I choose to blame the people who started the field."

This dismissal doesn't remotely address the specific claim Lanier makes,
which is his preference for (as it were) field over track, extension over
sequence, or what I as a discourse theorist would call paradigmatic (or
perhaps semantic) over syntagmatic.

Damien Broderick

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