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Old 05-17-2019, 03:23 PM
eburacum45 is offline
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Originally Posted by Half Man Half Wit View Post
The computation is how the pixels on your screen are interpreted. Saying that an interpretation makes them light up is nonsensical. They're the lights on the device I proposed, which, if they're interpreted differently, lead to different computations being performed.
But the same lights still light up, so the other interpretations are irrelevant.
Putnam said 'every ordinary open system realizes every abstract finite automaton'. I pointed out that this is irrelevant in a laptop computer, because only one set of symbols light up. By extension it is irrelevant inside your head too.