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mk  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A question regarding perception.

I've been thinking about how to better explain what I mean, and I haven't yet got it. Probably because it's so much less than what perhaps I've led people here to assume.

"Perceptual naivety" is about the best I can come up with.

I was just talking to a new acquaintance yesterday about Douglas Hofstadter's Copycat program, which actually might relate. The actual problem the program solves isn't very important, but there is a characteristic in it whereby competing processes run in parallel, exploring a solution space before these possible codelets anneal into a decision. I guess what I am talking about, is an effort to delay this period of competing processes, not by slowing them down outright, but maybe by expanding the possibilities of the workspace, or maybe lowering the annealing temperature.

I'm actually pretty comfortable holding many perspectives. I might go as far to say that I am uncomfortable with ideas that I cannot successfully challenge. I consider that a sign of my ignorance on a subject.

kleinbl00  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In other words, you want to spend more time as the blind men before you figure out it's an elephant.


mk  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Enough for horseshoes and hand grenades.

kleinbl00  ·  230 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I mean, drugs.

This is ultimately what keeps me away from cannabis: when I'm high, I absolutely experience the syncretism of concepts and experience. A couple times, though, I've made the mistake of writing down these insights and upon reviewing them sober, I see the stupidity as plain as my face.

I'm of the opinion that the individual processes of evaluation, if you will, are much less than the sum of the parts. Synthesis is the reward, not something to be postponed.