analog computing = useless hypothesis

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    From: "Robin Faichney" <>
    > You've admitted that analog computers do exist.

    Wrong. I haven't admitted any such thing.

    Look closely enough at any so-called "analog" computer, and you'll see that it
    operates via digital means.

    Here's how John Clark puts it:

    "Welcome to the exciting world of analog computing. Thanks to the new Heath
    Kit Home Study Course, you can build your very own analog computer in the
    privacy of your own home. Make big bucks! Amaze your friends! Be a hit at
    parties! This is a true analog computer folks, no wimpy pseudo analog stuff
    here, this baby can handle infinity.

    Before we begin construction there are a few helpful hints I'd like to pass
    along. Always keep your workplace neat and clean. Make sure your computer
    is cold, as it will not operate at any finite temperature above absolute zero.
    Use only analog substances and processes, never use digital things like
    matter, energy, momentum, spin, or electrical charge when you build your
    analog computer.

    Now that we've got those minor points out of the way we can start to build
    your analog computer.

    Step One: Repeal the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
    Step Two: Use any infinitely accurate measuring stick you have handy and ...

    Step Infinity: ...


    --J. R.

    Useless hypotheses:
     consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
    analog computing, cultural relativism

         Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
         but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
         (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)

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