Re: virus: Penrose Is A Genius
Fri, 6 Dec 1996 12:00:47 -0600 (CST)

On Tue, 28 Aug 1956, David Leeper wrote:

> All,
> I just finished reading Roger Penrose's book "The Emperor's New
> Mind" and I must say it was quite impressive. Penrose tackles
> the question of whether or not computers will ever be able to
> have the functionality of the human mind. In contrast to most
> experts, Penrose says "No".
> While I personally disagree with this answer, his arguments were
> devistating in their precission and quality. The scope of these
> arguments, ranging from computer theory, to quantum mechanics, to
> neurology, was truly impressive. I think it's fair to say that
> only a few people in the history of mankind could have written
> a book like this.
> Definitely worth the read for anyone struggling with questions
> such as "Who are we", "Free Will vs. Determinism", and so on.
> Published by Penguin Books.

[CLIP--lots of technical stuff]

You didn't mention that Penrose actually describes a plausible
steady-state cosmology in "The Emperor's New Mind".

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd