Re: Protean Self-Transformation

Mark Grant (
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 10:04:20 +0000

On Tue, 1 Apr 1997, Dan Hook wrote:

> The problem here is that human emotion and cognition are largely
> mysterious, at least to the individual. Any computer program is going to
> be obviously deterministic.

Only if you know all the inputs and the precise timings of any
'interrupts'. A single bit or clock cycle difference may produce very
different results. As a simple example I have fond memories of a bug which
made our software work correctly in the afternoon but sometimes produce
invalid results in the morning... Of course you have no proof that humans
are any different; most people I know have 'buttons' you can press (by
doing or saying something) which will make them react in a predictable and
seemingly deterministic fashion.


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