WittgensteinVsShannon (ThoughtStorms)

The Wittgensteinian position is that in order to communicate, you need a sufficiently large shared "FormOfLife" ie. culture, bodily understanding, or especially language for the two beings to communicate.

For ClaudeShannon, with enough error correction and time to repeat signals, you can squeeze communication through almost indefinitely thin bandwidths.

Are these two opposite poles in a debate about the role that shared culture plays in enabling communication?


Counter

Of course, Wittgenstein makes the possibilty of meaning depend on rules, maintained by the community being willing to police your use of words. So there's an analogy with Shannon's error correction.


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CategoryPhilosophy