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Computer - A dictionary would begin to describe that a computer is one that computes. Also, computes can be defined as a way to determine something by means of mathematics. Specifically, a computer is a programmable electronic device that can store, retrieve, and process data. But does a computer really have to be an electronic device? As a human, I would consider myself as "one that computes". But by definition, computing is a way to determine something by means of mathematics. So do I have to solve everything I do using mathematics? And finally, wouldn't the brain be considered a "device" that stores, retrieves, and processes data?


This is why I ask if a computer does indeed have to be an electronic device, because a human being, by definition, is a computer. However, I believe there are two different kinds of people in the world when it comes to computers...Computer Scientists and then your average computer (or non-computer) user. When a computer scientist reads the definition of a computer, most all of them will start to link humans and computers. But if you were to tell the average computer user the definition, they wouldn't see a correlation. This way of thinking is what molds me into a computer scientist and is part of my Career Discourse.

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