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Poundstone, W.
 
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Twin Earth I 323
Twin Earth/PoundstoneVsPutnam: long molecular chains correspond with sticky liquids - then no confusability - the water would be undrinkable - thought experiments: physical feasibility is relevant - Twin Earth/Poundstone: only possible connection: hydrogen/oxygen (peroxide): extremely unstable. when ammonia is liquid, mercury is fixed - completely different world - (s) H2O/XYZ cannot be the only change then - (s) Poundstone argues holistically - Putnam: _ identical experiences - but more than a reality that fits to it.
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I 327
Translation/Twin Earth/PoundstoneVsPutnam: Variant: supposing there is a text of "Schiller", "The Maid of Orleans" - but translation would result into Urfaust - then slogan: "meanings are not in the book" - Vs: such a translation would not be possible because the word frequencies would have to give the same pattern in each translation - solution: algorithm which completely modifies the text - N.B.: there is no evidence that the Voynich manuscript is not a translation of a known text.
W. Poundstone
I W. Poundstone Im Labyrinth des Denkens, Reinbek 1995


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-27