Music and math are related. There s no disputing that,
but music also has grammar and can function well using
The core of programming is the ability to work with
different counting bases such as decimal, octal, hexadecimal,
&c. &c. Without machine coding, none of the higher
level languages would be possible. Machine coding
does require basic grammar as well, things like and/or switches &c.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:12 AM
Subject: Re: (OT) Towards a speech of the machine ...
> Ken Armstrong wrote:
> > Language and writing aren't the same thing. And surely there are
> > who write well, speak well, do math well, and speak more than one
> > fluently. Perhaps they are the model we should be working to.
> That language and math are independent modes of thinking does not, of
> course, mean that there are not many people proficient in both. It
> _does_ mean that there _can_ be (and therefore probably are) many who
> are skilled in one or the other but NOT both. Tennis and baking are
> quite independent skills; there are tennis players who can't bake; there
> are bakers who are miserable tennis players; there doubtless many who
> are both exellent bakers and powerful tennis players. Hence _examples_
> tell us nothing about the meaning of the neurological discovery of the
> independence of the brain regions dealing with language and with
> Now I have read nothing, yet, that tries to interpret what the
> neurological discovery _means_ in terms of epistemology, psychology,
> various human competencies, etc., and I myself do not possess the kind
> of knowledges which would be necessary to pursue those subjects. But the
> fact is certain. The brain differentiation does exist, and it is
> exemplified in the life histories of many. The significance of that fact
> remains to be explored in the future. Hip shot attempts to interpret it
> at this time are silly.
> There is a review in the current NYRB which I haven't read yet that
> looks interesting. The book reviewed is _The Singing Neanderthals: The
> Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body." I know there has been a long
> debate among anthropologists as to the origin of symbolic thought.
> P.S. I think Tabitha is certainly right on one point: "Computer
> programming bears much more relation to
> language than it does to maths." The core of programming is the
> intuiting of useful algorithms.
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