...this is no different from an exchange of information...
Yes, it is different. By your own definition, there can be NO information exchanged. The box "blocks out all sound and light". And both sides "cannot hear or see each other". (your own words)
Next time you try taking something out of context, don't make it so obvious by adding an ellipsis. I said holistically they are no different.
After a day of school I'm not sure I have the emotional energy left to pursue this debate. I was hoping for more of a discussion, but I guess I asked for it by positing such an unseemly question. Yes, my rhetoric has bounced off the monolith of derision with an audible "tink".
So there was no transfer is what you're saying. You agree with McMonkey.
I think you just ruined your argument.
If the question was "were they communicating" then of course the answer would be no as there was no contact, but that wasn't the question in the OP.
Two actors could perform a play without ever having to hear each other. This is because both actors have the same script in their head, and can give the correct responses to the lines they know the other actor is going to say. On stage these actors are certainly talking to each other. Now instead of the script being written out and memorized by both actors beforehand, the script in this case is being fluidly created as the conversation unravels.
As I said before, holistically this is no different from an exchange of information and I believe you could treat it as any old conversation; they are indeed talking to each other.
And I didn't mean they start sputtering incomprehensible gibberish like a lunatic, but that they had the intention to perform the ethereal pseudo-conversation that we're discussing.
Information was not exchanged: information was made up, and is only accurate by sheer coincidence.
An inevitable coincidence, really.
You say the information was made up, not exchanged, but isn't the exchange of information in its essence just "making up"? Do you think that when you talk to people, your brains jump out of your skulls and shove neurons into each other? No, you "make up" an interpretation of what you heard. The only line of connection is perception; we're all in our own little boxes without knowing it. If the thoughts that Jimbob perceived were in fact the correct thoughts, what more did he do than remove the middleman?
I'm actually going to bed. Might I see my good colleagues tomorrow.