machine brains

Malcolm McMahon malcolm at
Sat Mar 6 18:16:54 EST 1999

On Sat, 06 Mar 1999 13:51:04 -0600, "David B. Held" <dheld at>

>Malcolm McMahon wrote:
>> "David B. Held" <dheld at> wrote:
>> >  To answer the question above, one might say say that an electron
>> > is "made of" energy.  Or, one could ask: "What is the number '1'
>> > made of?"  They seem to be essentially the same question.
>> You might, but it's not really a fair or useful answer. An electron
>> has energy as one aspect, but that's about how it behaves, not about
>> what it _is_.
>	If an electron is not energy, then, pray tell, what *is* an electron?

An electron is an electron. We can predict its behaviour, we can model
it but that's all. It just _is_.

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