Plato and the Nerd

TitlePlato and the Nerd
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsLee, EA
PublisherMIT Press

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Here's an extract from the aforementioned site:

"I explore the ways that engineers use models to build inventive artificial worlds and to give us things that we never dreamed of—for example, the ability to carry in our pockets everything humans have ever published. But in a yin-and-yang balance, I also attempt to counter the runaway enthusiasm of some technology boosters who claim that everything in the physical world is a computation—that even such complex phenomena as human cognition are software operating on digital data. I argue that the evidence for this is weak, and the likelihood that nature has limited itself to processes that conform to today's notion of digital computation is remote."