Birdsong Not Just For The Birds: Bio-acoustic Method Also Hears Nature's

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Subject: Birdsong Not Just For The Birds: Bio-acoustic Method Also Hears Nature's Cry For Help
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 08:36:04 +1000
Shaun Bagley wrote:
The following sentences (see below) put this statement in context
somewhat but as someone who has had the good fortune of observing both
human and non-human interactions with computer technology over decades
(yes, I represent an eon in internet terms—but seriously I go back to
pre-historic, sorry, pre-web times) there is an empirical challenge in
the use of the term /computer scientists./  Computers are a creation of
humans, an operating system with applications, who have created a
machine which, as wonderful as it is, is but a figment and a fragment of
human intellect. And if you got that, you are not a computer, just using
one...You may also have read Linda Truss’s publications.

For some reason your email was delayed by about a week.

To my knowledge, this argument was largely resolved back in the late 50s.

"Computer science" isn't the study _of_ computers - using a computer
doesn't make you a computer scientist any more than using a calculator
makes you a mathematician.  Personally, I prefer the term "informatics"
(e.g. "bioinformatics".)

The obligatory Wikipedia link:


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