State descriptionsOctober 11 2010 at 8:56 PM
|Luke Parrish (Login lsparrish)|
Response to Another response to Luke
Recall again what the computer does. It has an initial state description in store, along with a program. It then calculates subsequent state descriptions. These cannot interact with a real hydrogen atom.
The reason the state descriptions cannot in and of themselves interact with hydrogen atoms has to do with a lack of interfacing mechanisms between the two, and proves nothing about their essential natures (i.e. what they describe). You point to the lack of spacial interface as if it were significant proof of your point, but it isn't. A hydrogen atom lacks a spacial interface to another hydrogen atom which is at the center of a black hole, in another spacial universe, at a point back in time from itself, etc.
As far as we can tell, the lack of a spacial interface between our hypothesized series of successive computed information states which describe a hydrogen atom, and a physical phenomenon that describes a hydrogen atom, is an engineering problem -- not an epistemic one. Once such an interface is created, the simulated hydrogen atom (provided it is running at the same rate as the real one, and is otherwise indistinguishable for all necessary purposes) should combine with it just fine. Why shouldn't it?