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From: IN%"[email protected]" "STU DENENBERG" 21-MAR-1992 17:36:27.09

Gerald M. Phillips writes:

>Re: comments by Professor Jahn...we get an insight into this virtual
>reality business. As a Pennsylvanian, I have seen the Falling Water House.
>It cannot be duplicated on a computer. It is a house. It is reality.
>In my work with pharmaceutical researchers I learned that, despite protesta
>tions to the contrary by animal rights activists, you cannot duplicate the
>workings of a human body on a computer. A body is reality. A computer is
>a game.

While it is certainly true that computer models are not reality, the same
thing can be said of words themselves. The fact that words are only
symbols does not stop us from trying to communicate with them (or no one
would be reading this). Let's not write off computer models because of
their limitations --- they have strengths also ---
they can offer insights if used properly (like words ).
Any symbolic representation can be used to obfuscate as well as illuminate;
let's be fair.

>
>I am also intrigued by the use of the word "interpersonnel" to refer to
>the main thrust on the network. I should call to the attention of all
>and sundry that there is a discipline referred to as "interpersonal
>communication." It is affiliated with the Speech Communication Association,
>and numbers around 1,500 specialists in its ranks. A lot of the discussion
>on this network is rediscovery of the wheel. There is a rich literature
>dealing with the techniques and management of friendship and interpersonal
>communication. Much of this stems from the original contributions of
>George Herbert Mead and Harry Stack Sullivan.

On the other hand...
the nice part of reinventing the wheel is that, if it breaks, it's *your*
wheel and you know how it works and you stand a better chance of fixing it.


Stu

Dr. Stewart A. Denenberg BITNET: [email protected]
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