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Software of the Mind

Sep 05, 2007, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew McCool)

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"If the computer is a good metaphor for understanding how the mind works, then culture is its software.

"The term computer was originally used for referring to people who spent their days crunching numbers and outputting data. These human computers would spend their days manually calculating basic mathematical functions of probability and logic. Astronomers in the early 20th century were also referred to as human computers, and Henrietta Leavitt is perhaps the best known thanks to her work on variable stars..."

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