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    On Wed, Apr 18, 2001 at 02:12:49PM -0500, wrote:
    > On 18 Apr 2001, at 13:35, Vincent Campbell wrote:
    > > <And don't we mean, when we say 'digital computing', a _binary_
    > > process,
    > > > rather than just being related to digits, and when we say 'analog
    > > > computing' don't we mean a representational process?>
    > > >
    > > I've kept quite on this one, coz JR's point didn't sound right but I
    > > didn't have the terminology to address the question. But this
    > > sentence from Wade gets to what I was thinking (albeit in a much
    > > clearer way than I'd been thinking about it).
    > >
    > Also, although we may indeed live in a scientifically verifiable
    > quantum microphysical world where there are such things as
    > smallest possible discrete distances (say, the radius of an
    > electron), in the world in which we typically and primordially live,
    > that is, in the experiential, phenomenological macro realm unaided
    > by perceptual range augmenting technology, our perceptual
    > experience is irretrieveably analog, as is our manipulation of and
    > extrapolation from a slide rule.

    Similarly, in the real world, there are concrete and highly significant
    differences between analog and digital computing. The contrary suggestion
    is a useless hypothesis.

    Robin Faichney
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