On Jun 11, 2013, at 9:23 AM, Joe Niederberger <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Now uppose they don't have a vocabulary and mental concepts that includes the likes of, RAM, CPU, register, ALU, program, etc. etc. etc. Well then, this intricate mechanism may be a complete mystery to them, even though in principle they have complete physical knowledge of it. Those higher level concepts serve as a key to unlocking the meaning of the device, much like a Rosetta stone. Without those concepts further understanding may be completely blocked. Its not as if complete physical knowledge serves as any kind of automatic gateway to obtaining these higher level concepts.
Seems like you have described the development of mathematics.:)