Re: Information Paradigm
- Stephen Paul King <stephenk1@...> wrote:
> I have been following this discussion for a while and have beenWhether you describe an automata as a single entity or a collection of
>studying the notion that there is a computational aspect to physics. I
>have a few questions. Is it necessarily so that a single "Great
>Automata" exists or could there be many interacting "automata?"
interacting automata, or both, is just a matter of human interpretation
(well, at least down to a certain level of simplicity, otherwise you would
have an infinite regress). It's not an inherent property of the system.
For example, a computer can be considered as a single device or a collection
of interacting devices. Neither interpretation is wrong. The fact that a
component like a sound chip doesn't do much when removed from its "habitat"
(a printed circuit board) is irrelevant.
>AreAgain, this contrast between "single computation" and "distinct
>qualia the output of a single computation such that, by implication,
>only a single "reality" construct or could it be that the experiences
>that observers have, our selves being a case of which, are outputs of
computations" is a matter of human interpretation, not a physical question.
The applications running on your computer may have little connection (other
than receiving this email) with the applications running on mine, but on the
computationalist view it is perfectly reasonable to regard them both as tiny
parts of the Universal Computation.
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