Re: virus: Re: Rationality

Tim Rhodes (
Fri, 7 Mar 1997 13:50:55 -0800 (PST)

On Thu, 6 Mar 1997, Corey A. Cook wrote:

> Alexander Williams wrote:
> > What I'm trying to convey, clumsily, is that `free will' is a misnomer;
> > there /is/ no `free will,' there is no `will' even. There /is/
> > interaction between your myriad memetic components, but its
> > unpredictible and, for all intents and purposes, has `free will' via
> > being too complex to predict.

> Not exactly. We _can_ predict what choice someone will make in a
> particular situation. We just aren't very good at it.

Worse than "not very good at it". It's a chaotic system, like the
weather. We can make educated guesses in the short term, but there's just
too many variables to /predict/ very far into the future. We can label
overall trends and adapt our predictions to the current trends, but that's
cheating (but what the hell, I've got nothin' against cheating in the game
of life).

Prof. Tim