OT More Quizzes

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Mon Jan 31 21:23:44 EST 2005


On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk wrote:

> > My mother has a couple of doctoral students who wrote papers on
> > whether people can tell "real" poetry from "fake", and whether
> > people rate the same poem differently if they think it was written
> > by a machine as opposed to a famous poet, and vice versa.
>
> I spent a seminar last week discussing exactly this! Specifically,
> if the sea cast up some shells onto the beach in such a pattern that
> they resembled the written words of a Shakespeare sonnet, would it
> be a poem, or just a poem-shaped pattern? (John Searle discusses
> something like this, somewhere.) Ditto with monkeys and typewriters,
> I suppose. There was no consensus.

I wonder how far this conversation will get before somebody mentions
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Paul
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