Re: Jaron Lanier

From: Eugen Leitl (
Date: Mon Dec 01 2003 - 03:03:57 MST

On Sun, Nov 30, 2003 at 06:44:41PM -0800, Lawrence Foard wrote:

> Even with the mind as a computer however, it is such a complex system that

It's a computer, Jim, but not as we know it.

> there is still plenty of room for its internal study. Just having all the
> bits laid our infront of us won't tell us everything. The genome is
> decoded and its very small relatively but still contains many (mostly?)

The genome is not all the bits. Even not cell+genome, the number of bits
present in fully developed adult is huge, and is generated from the
organism-world interaction. It's prescripted, but only in the rough outline.

> mysteries.

Top-down empiry is a powerful, but also a crude tool. To fully understand
biology you also need bottom-up from molecular and atomic scale. Currently
we don't have the computational tools to probe that scale at sufficient

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