Re: To Hans-Cees

Mario Vaneechoutte (
Tue, 10 Jun 1997 11:38:09 -0700

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Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 11:38:09 -0700
From: Mario Vaneechoutte <>
Subject: Re: To Hans-Cees

Hans-Cees Speel wrote:

> > The striking similarities between genetic biology and human culture
> > which Dawkins pointed to - while recognizing very correctly that the
> > latter could not be explained by genetics - stem from the fact that both
> > use encoded information. This is the basic similarity, too often
> > overlooked. An essential feature of encoded information is that it is
> > process free (it exists also when no processes are going on)
> Great, you find a way to put it in simple words: this is what Howard
> Pattee means with rate independent matter. But I do wonder why you
> stated before that my distinction between code and matter is of
> little use, or did I understand you wrongly?

Yes you did. I said I thought I could agree with your point of view, but
I found your use of matter problematic. I'd use other words.

Mario Vaneechoutte
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