Overview Edit

The fictional Crab of the preceding Dialogue is replaced by various real people with amazing mathematical abilities. The Church-Turing Thesis, which relates mental activity to computation, is presented in several versions of differing strengths. All are analyzed, particularly in terms of their implications for simulating human thought mechanically, or programming into a machine an ability to sense or create beauty. The connection between brain activity and computation brings up some other topics: the halting problem of Turing, and Tarski's Truth Theorem.