Chapter 12: The Principle of Computational Equivalence

Section 12: Historical Perspectives

Human uniqueness

The idea that there is something unique and special about humans has deep roots in Judeo-Christian tradition—and despite some dilution from science remains a standard tenet of Western thought today. Eastern religions have however normally tended to take a different view, and to consider humans as just one of many elements that make up the universe as a whole. (See next note.)

From Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science [citation]