Re: teleology and language

From: Trupeljak Ozren (
Date: Wed May 01 2002 - 07:10:37 BST

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    --- Philip Jonkers <> wrote:
    > Ozren:
    > > This is what I call "optimised languages". They are really really
    > good
    > > at what they do - but their general usefulness in everyday life is
    > > significantly below the one of the language you use when you go
    > > shopping or courting or teaching your children ethics.
    > Speaking of courting, go watch `A beautiful mind' for a typical
    > example
    > of a very mathematical mind trying to hit on a chick by sticking to
    > his guns. Girls and (formal) logic, mutually exclusive? :-)
    > Phil.
    Heh, yes, saw it a month or two ago..:) Notice though, the chick
    actually understood the language of math well enough on her own..:)
    Speaking of which, is anyone familiar with the research on the
    capabilities of human mind to detect pseudorandom patterns? I was
    recently part of a pshychology experiment on short term memory where I
    surprised both myself, the lab attendant and the p. in question by
    doing a "John Nash" routine in real-time. After being subjected to 10
    minutes of "random" pattern of letters appearing on the screen, I
    achieved a 100% success on predicting when is the sequence going to
    repeat itself. All of this was achieved while most of my consciouss
    mind was thinking about my grad paper due next day...
    And I don't believe in ESP...

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