Brain, Behaviour and Extensionalism
Neil W Rickert
rickert+nn at cs.niu.edu
Tue Apr 13 19:10:23 EST 2004
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Wolf Kirchmeir <wolfekir at sympatico.ca> writes:
>The written program is a set of instructions. The blueprint is not. That
>should be obvious to a programmer (which you have claimed to be. Maybe
>you were just a code writer.... Hah!)
Both are specifications. The blueprint is a specification in a
geometric form, while the program is a specification in an algebraic
form (or logical form, if you prefer that terminology).
Neither is self-contained. Both require an interpretation that
depends on background knowledge not contained in the specification.
>The confusion of blue <> program has also caused major misunderstanding
Perhaps, but for no good reason. The DNA is a specification, but it
is neither a blueprint nor a program.
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