June 11, 2008

He thinks he is just three moves from implementing his game plan. His weakness in this game, and in life, is that he is never prepared for how others will act. They are predetermined but too complex to solve or predict, and there are rules that he is just no good at applying.

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“And if we are just executing programs, who did the programming?”

“Natural selection. Astronomical and chemical forces produced the brain to mutate. We understand mathematics because we are created by forces that obey mathematics. That is why we can discover numbers and their relations, not because we percieve another reality […] but because it is a part of our programming.”

– from A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin

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