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 
>of genetics.

Perhaps, but for no good reason.  The DNA is a specification, but it
is neither a blueprint nor a program.

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