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Author: zim14 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 377  
Subject: Re: Mind as machine Date: 11/9/2005 10:23 PM
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Even time, which might be continuous, is not perceived by us continuously. Movies are chopped into 30 frames per second and it looks like continuous motion. I think there is actually a threshold above which you can't distinguish, say, 200 FPS from 1000000 FPS. Don't know exactly where it is, but I think it's there.

Somebody, when I was about 10, told me this is why we see wagon wheels spin clockwise, then counter-clockwise, then clockwise again. Our retinas act like strobes for our brains. Never looked any further to see if he was right. He was a tennis pro, FWIW.

The reason I made the original post was to lay out why I think the default position, for someone who agrees that minds are composed exclusively of matter, SHOULD be that a mind can be represented as a formal system.

I don't understand why mind as matter implies a default of mind as formal system, especially if your not saying the formal system is the laws of physics. Is my glass of water, then, a formal system since it is composed of matter? Not being flippant - seriously.

Bob
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