Re: virus: Re: virus-digest V2 #337

David McFadzean (
Mon, 29 Dec 1997 14:27:54 -0700

At 09:36 AM 12/24/97 -0800, KMO wrote:
>David McFadzean wrote:
>> Yes, but it depends on what you mean by "exist", right? I phrased it the
>> way I did because these core beliefs are meant for public consumption
>> and not everyone understands the subtle differences between the supernatural
>> and the <supernatural>.
>I don't.

A signifier doesn't necessarily mean the signified exists.

>> Lately I've been thinking of defining existence
>> as a pattern that is instantiated in matter and/or energy, i.e. information
>> manifested.
>Does a simulated object "exist?" It is arguably instantiated in energy.

The simulation exists, but not what it simulates.

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Kumo Software Corp.