In a physical sense, a “convincing power / force” is a “mover” and for this reason, it’s been said a few times in the history of computing: “The computer is a rhetorical machine.” First time I heard that, it took me a while to wrap my brain around that notion as I was always told it was a logic machine. But really, it’s not a logical machine. Within a single clock tick, it is a logic machine but the very next clock tick, what happens next need not logically follow from what came prior. It moves bits around. What those bits are used for is not necessary logic at all. I can type “2+2=5″ right now. I can lie. I can make my computer lie.

In a physical sense, a “convincing power / force” is a “mover” and for this reason, it’s been said a few times in the history of computing:

“The computer is a rhetorical machine.”

First time I heard that, it took me a while to wrap my brain around that notion as I was always told it was a logic machine.

But really, it’s not a logical machine. Within a single clock tick, it is a logic machine but the very next clock tick, what happens next need not logically follow from what came prior.

It moves bits around. What those bits are used for is not necessary logic at all. I can type “2+2=5″ right now. I can lie. I can make my computer lie.

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There is an underlying logic of course but it’s at such a complicated level that a few logic statements couldn’t possibly cover it.

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What I’m doing right now is rhetoric :)

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