Would cognition that was embodied in a digital space be discrete or continuous with respect to the space itself?

Although the sensual imprint that the world continuously makes on a mind is inaccessible to digital cognition, a digital cognition could in principle be embodied in a digital environment.

The continuity of experience is part of what allows humans or animals to read between the lines and derive new mental objects out of disparate ones without relying on a summation of features.

We might speculate on whether a cognition embodied in a digital world could connect the dots in a way that approximates experience.

If so, the stream of bits that constituted its experience would be as alien and incomprehensible to us as our neural jangling would be to it. However, if it could compare, contrast, and merge-emerge its experience to create patterns that were more than additive reflections of its input, then it would at least appear to be continuous with respect to its space.

Michael Webb, 2000

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