Re: virus: Metasystem Transition

Tim Rhodes (
Sun, 2 Feb 1997 22:50:38 -0800 (PST)

> On Sun, 2 Feb 1997, Dan Plante wrote:

> > .... That doesn't
> > mean it would be impossible in theory (depending on the number and
> > nature of the variables, and the simulation time, etc), just nearly
> > impossible in practice. That's where intuition comes in - arriving
> > (jumping?) at conclusions based on incomplete information. The sticky
> > part is making the right conclusions, and knowing why they're right ;-)

Yes, I agree. I think that's why all the talk of the cerebrum and its
role (as seen in some of the other threads) seems a little one sided to
me. What about the poor neglected Limbic System? We never hear anything
about it! It's just as valid and possibly more useful to divide the brain
along cerebrum/limbic lines than into left and right hemispheres.

On Sun, 2 Feb 1997 added:

> The above [metasystems arising from memetic interactions] *isn't*
> necessarily self-referential, any more than a recursive program [say, to
> work an instance of the Tower of Hanoi problem] is.

I guess by "self-referential" I was trying to point out that you reach a
point where a metasystem is being used to describe the emergence of
metasystems. Not that this is bad. Maybe just a warning sign of a
transcendent emergence as yet unrealized.

- Prof. Tim