One question is whether the thesis is true.
She said the house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which Johnson designed and built for his thesis project in the 1940s, is usually referred to as “the Thesis House, or the Philip Johnson Thesis House, or some variation”, though that is not its official name.
The consistency thesis is more controversial.
Most particularists also accept the second thesis.
In any case, the omniscience thesis may also be qualified.
The Lockean thesis, however, is itself in need of justification.
The focus in this entry will primarily be on the linguistic thesis.
Gandy called his own formulation of the maximality thesis ‘Thesis M’.
This thesis is clearly a methodological thesis about how science ought to proceed.
Possibly the thesis is a variant of thesis 3, that the sky is as low as the earth.
One can in principle embrace the linguistic thesis without embracing the ontological thesis, and vice versa.
The maximality thesis is by no means the only thesis commonly mislabelled as the ‘Church-Turing thesis’.
Both the same-action thesis and the sole-source thesis have a prominent role in the historical discussion of conservation, but they are distinct claims.
The problem is that one cannot simply point to two worlds that do not themselves falsify a global supervenience thesis, and then claim that the case is compatible with that thesis.
The thesis that instrumental rationality is the only kind of practical rationality is often taken to be a “Humean” thesis, though, as we’ve seen (§4.1), there are several ways in which this thesis could be understood.
If, on the other hand, the thesis is taken as ranging over all processes, including merely possible or notional processes, then the thesis is known to be false, for exactly the same reasons that the stronger form of the maximality thesis is false.
The simulation thesis is much stronger than the Church-Turing thesis: as with the maximality thesis, neither the Church-Turing thesis properly so called nor any result proved by Turing or Church entails the simulation thesis.
When the Church-Turing thesis is expressed in terms of the replacement concept proposed by Turing, it is appropriate to refer to the thesis also as ‘Turing’s thesis’, and as ‘Church’s thesis’ when expressed in terms of one or another of the formal replacements proposed by Church.
No doubt many have been misled by the practice in the literature of using the terms ‘Church’s thesis’ and ‘Church-Turing thesis’ to refer indiscriminately not only to a thesis concerning which there is little real doubt, the Church-Turing thesis properly so called, but also a medley of different theses, of unknown truth-value.
Concerning the origin of the terms ‘Church’s thesis’ and ‘Turing’s thesis’, Kleene seems to have been the first to use the word ‘thesis’ in this connection: in 1952, he introduced the name ‘Church’s thesis’ for the proposition that every effectively calculable function (on the natural numbers) is recursive (Kleene 1952: 300, 301, 317).
- an unproved statement put forward as a premise in an argument
- a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree
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Concerning the origin of the terms Churchs thesis and Turings thesis Kleene seems to have been the first to use the word thesis in this connection in 1952 he introduced the name Churchs thesis for the proposition that every effectively calculable function on the natural numbers is recursive Kleene 1952 300 301 317