[ExI] Semiotics and Computability

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 11:29:32 UTC 2010

On 8 February 2010 22:18, Stefano Vaj <stefano.vaj at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6 February 2010 23:01, Gordon Swobe <gts_2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> I'll ask again: have you ever had a tooth-ache?
> I for one never have, but I have had my fair share of experience of
> physical pain.
> Now, absolutely *nothing* in such experience ever told me that "pain"
> is anything else than a word describing a computational feature,
> programmed by natural selection, on the tunes of "if <damage
> threatened by fire>, then <withdraw your hand>".

You do know that first you withdraw your hand, through reflex, and
then experience the pain? No doubt the purpose of the pain is so that
you will remember not to do it again. But why pain; why not disgust,
or horror, or just reluctance?

Stathis Papaioannou

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