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Posted by Michael Levine on July 22, 2003 17:57:00 UTC

Computer languages have everything to do with human interest and human experience (since computers for the most part aren't making their own languages).

Now you really got me! I don't know what to say, I was unprepared for that. Give me a few days. Or maybe a few years.

ML: everything that can be thought about, can be thought about as a set of numbers
H: Dick's gonna love you...

What's this Dick everyone talks about in some derogatory way? Could it be the Richard whose alias is doctordick? He seemed OK to me, and he posts very little.

As to the set of numbers thing, it's no big deal. A painting by Rembrandt as well as the front cover of the National Enquirer, a staging of Othello as well as a WWF match, the Christian Bible and the latest issue of Penthouse, all those things can be thought about as sets of numbers. It's just a way of separating "qualities" from "quantities", if you know what I mean. Quantities are very easy to understand; that's how Rembrandt could know how much paint he needed in each particular spot. Qualities, on the other hand, are completely mysterious. I doubt Rembrandt himself knew what it takes to be a master.

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