[ExI] Question for the psych squad

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 1 12:39:37 UTC 2017

On Sat, Jul 1, 2017 at 2:57 AM, Stuart LaForge <avant at sollegro.com> wrote:

> For context, some of you might know that I have been researching
> consciousness with respect to Turing machines. One of things I am trying to
> figure out is whether the brain can be mathematically modelled as a Turing
> machine.
> One characteristic of Turing machines is that they are subject to the
> Halting Problem. Briefly, the HP is the mathematical theorem that there is,
> in principle, no way to predict whether any given TM will, for any given
> input, eventually stop or get stuck in an infinite loop.
> So the question I have is how are people with severe OCD different than
> computer programs stuck in infinite loops? Are there known cases of people
> who if left untreated would continue performing their compulsion until
> exhaustion? Or people who literally cannot stop thinking about their
> obsession while awake?
> Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.
> Stuart LaForge
> ​I never heard of an OCD person who got permanently stuck in any thought
> or action.

​bill w​

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