[Humanist] 25.357 simultaneous but divergent

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 357.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2011 22:32:21 -0500
        From: amsler at cs.utexas.edu
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 25.353 simultaneous but divergent
        In-Reply-To: <20111008074756.56B141C6025 at woodward.joyent.us>

If one wants the computer to produce a new type of humanities, one  
shouldn't look to computing, but mathematics, for that answer. That  
is, a new humanities would require a mathematical theory of the  
humanities which then the computer could implement. Expecting the  
computer to be the basis for a new humanities without the humanities  
having a computable theory is like waiting for construction tools to  
cause the creation of a new building architecture.

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