Re: virus: emulation

Dave Pape (
Tue, 27 May 1997 21:39:11 +0100 (BST)

At 23:36 26/05/97 -0400, Tom wrote:
>here's a little idea that's been brewing in my head for several weeks:
>Uninteligent people who cannot think well, due to a lack of hardware, can
>try to compensate by thinking in software, which is usually inefficient and

A few questions here... What do you mean by unintelligent? How do you mean
/lack/ of hardware? How can you tell if someone's "lack of intelligence" is
a hardware problem or not? All of these are pretty unresolved questions...
by anyone, I think.

>While this seems elegant to me, and has been usefull in describing some of
>the stupidity I've seen in and around me, I can't find a very good
>underlying model like:
> hardware=neural brain
> software=memeset

Have you read "Consciousness Explained" yet? It's by Daniel Dennett... he's
into mind and sequential thought being serial-like software run on parallel
hardware. Mind you, he'd probably argue that a lot of not being able to
"think well" is because they haven't (in software) developed as wide a range
of "mind tools" as they could have.

Dave Pape
I am ready.

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