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uncle ebeneezer
06-24-2010, 02:34 PM
Experimenting is hard. (http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2010/06/the_scientific_metho.html#)

bjkeefe
06-24-2010, 04:34 PM
Experimenting is hard. (http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2010/06/the_scientific_metho.html#)

Fascinating. It does accord with a suspicion I have long had when people start discussing human behavior, that maybe a lot of what seems so complex is just the way we perceive some sort of emergent phenomenon, and there's really nothing actually there, in some sense.

Thanks also for your link, for the best Godwinism ever:

In a more advanced class I put a simple learning rule in the robot's brain so that they could learn to slow down before hitting walls (actually, it is only true that I put the rule in the robot's brain in the sense that Hitler invaded Poland. In truth I made a grad student programme the rule into the robot. ...)

P.S. Did you notice the first comment? I, too, was going to say this reminded me of Conway's Life. Great minds! (Diff RW, though, it looks like. Oh, well.)