From: William Benzon (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 20 Mar 2003 - 11:36:38 GMT
on 3/19/03 7:47 PM, Grant Callaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Well, it depends on what you mean by those terms. If you mean "propagate"
> to indicate the kind of process by which a computer virus moves from one
> computer to another, then, no, that is not what Freeman is saying. He
> doesn't believe that brains operate by moving patterns of bits from place to
> place within themselves and he certainly doesn't believe that human
> interaction involves copying bit patterns from one brain to another.
> Bill B
> Since I neither said nor meant that, I can't imagine why you brought it up.
> I meant exactly what the words Freeman used are taken to mean:
> "Neuroactivity constructs meaning, modifies intentional structure, and makes
> representations for purposes of communication among humans and animals"
> Since that in no way duplicates what computers do, I can't see why you
> suspected I meant something like that. Are you looking for a straw man to
> knock down? ;)
You had asked this question: "Isn't that a way of propagating meanings from
one brain to another?" And I'm telling you that, no, that is not what
Freeman means by the passage you quoted above. If you think he does mean
that, then you do not understand his sense of "meaning."
I don't know what "meaning" means to you, much less what you think it means
to Freeman. I know you haven't used the computer virus analogy, but it has
been used in these discussions and it is a moderately specific notion. I
used it to indicate that THAT is NOT what Freeman means. As for what
Freeman does mean by "meaning," that is not explained easily. You really
need to read his technical work to get a handle on that. His abstracts do
not adequately convey what he means.
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