Subject: Re: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2001 22:39:28 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Kaz Kylheku
| Okay, but they are real in a way that is different from ``any other
| object being traded''.  They are real in the same sense that the integers
| are real.  There is only one 42; new utterances of 42 don't give rise to
| a new integer.

  This is convenient mythology for some political and ideological ends, but
  it is bogus all the way through.  There is _nothing_ in the creation and
  duplication of bits that differs one hoot from creation and duplication
  of any other kind of object.  Think about it, please.

  Norway is now run by a priest from the fundamentalist Christian People's
  Party, the fifth largest party representing one eighth of the electorate.
  Carrying a Swiss Army pocket knife in Oslo, Norway, is a criminal offense.