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In order to fix the thought-experiment, suppose that J jots down a list L of 5 bullets,

where each is associated with a short string from some natural language. Suppose, in addition, that R recites an essay E of over 2000 words. We assume, as well, that J can, at any point after hearing R's essay, reproduce E from the list L. So far, the gedanken-experiment involves characters, actions and objects interacting in a manner we could certainly witness in the ``real world." But let's extend things just a bit: Suppose that J commits L to memory, so that he no longer needs aids like pencil and paper to reproduce E.



Selmer Bringsjord
Tue Apr 2 13:34:44 EST 1996