Re: Jaron Lanier

From: Tomaz Kristan (
Date: Thu Nov 27 2003 - 11:33:22 MST

On Wed, 26 Nov 2003 14:09:03 -0500, "Perry E.Metzger"

> Lanier and others can't actually articulate something
> in enough depth
> to actually build a new theory of computation with it.

What I see, is a frequent (and in my mind unnecessary)
revolt against a perfectly rational knowledge system.
Holism was all against the analytic scientific method.
Allegedly, we shouldn't divide the world, but left it
intact, if we are after the truth. That was Holism all
about. It never proved its point, however. Recently,
some antievolutionist demanded a "broader view" to the
evolution. Failing to prove a thing. It's the same
story here again. Turing and Shannon supposedly haven't
left enough place for "the vital part".

Analytical reductionism, Darwinian evolution, Shannon
information theory ... are also great exactly because
they eliminate the necessity for any kind of mysticism
in their field of investigation.
Any "searching for a new (AI) computing foundation",
would IMO be just a distraction.

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