RE: virus: MS Weapon

Robin Faichney (
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 19:44:05 +0100

> From: David McFadzean[]
> At 10:18 AM 10/6/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:
> Can we all agree on this
> much: "patterns exist"? (Actually I'm not at all
> sure how Richard would answer that question.)
David knows about this, but it's probably worth
mentioning it for others: Dan Dennett has an
article titled "Real Patterns" in the Journal of
Philosophy, 1991, which addresses this. He
concludes that patterns do exist, independently
of an observer, as the term is well defined:
an information stream contains a pattern if and
only if it can be compressed and re-expanded
without loss.