[extropy-chat] Role of Observer is not Relevant

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Mar 28 07:25:53 UTC 2007

On 3/28/07, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:

Neither plasma nor interstellar ice grains can count. It takes people
> or computers to do that.

A human shuffles beads on an abacus and thereby counts. The same sequence of
bead movements is reproduced by the wind, with no-one watching. Has
"counting" still occurred?

A human presses buttons on a pocket calculator and thereby adds two numbers
together. The same sequence of button presses is reproduced by a cat playing
with the calculator. Has "addition" still occurred?

Stathis Papaioannou
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