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quotes-for-the-soul · 4 months ago
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This low point isn't the book of your life. It's just a chapter.
Recursion by Blake Crouch
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prokopetz · a month ago
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The best part of any thread about deceptive graphs is the bit where people start posting graphs that are actually completely reasonable in the context of the particular information they’re meant to convey and making them appear to be deceptive by describing that context in a misleading way.
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art-of-mathematics · 2 months ago
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I started with thinking about thinking (self-referent), added my ADHD "what-if-brain" thinking to it, came up to reproduction values of thoughts, while formalizing it, came to platonic solids ...and ended in hypercomplex number systems and fractal dimensions... plus I found out the sum of each line of pascal's triangle equals to 2^n and found similarities to sections of squares/cubes/hypercubes with pascal's triangle...
I guess it's just a common mental workout for me...
Quaternions are kinda cool tho.
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oldschoolfrp · 8 months ago
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Back to school with Food Fight and Advanced Food Fight, one of Dragon’s longest board game rule inserts, pitting four student archetypes against each other and the NPC faculty and staff (Phil Foglio cover, Dragon 44, December 1980)  Recursion: One of the gamers in the foreground is reading the rules in this issue with this cover
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miss-deadpoet · 2 months ago
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"Part of life is facing up to your failures, and sometimes those failures are people you once loved."
-Recursion, Blake Crouch
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quotes-for-the-soul · 4 months ago
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When every memory contains a universe, what does simple even mean?
Recursion by Blake Crouch
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convivialdave · 3 months ago
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This notion of 'complexity bias' is the modern way of saying, 'don't overthink things'.
Biases cloud clear thinking. The tendency to see things as complex [and therefore difficult, and therefore not your fault when you fail] is a real impediment to problem solving and decision making. Thinking of things as easy [when broken down into a series of steps] will make your work easier. Don't complicate life by turning easy things into difficult things and break down difficult things into a series of easy things; this should help you manage your affairs in a more systematized and clear way.
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illratte · 5 months ago
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My (oc) Gavin: *literally wears a genderfluid pride pin on his work uniform*
Also Gavin: How the fuck do u know im genderfluid 
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pepprs · 11 days ago
what would the recursion tag mean for u?
i was saving this one in the hope that id have the Thpoon’s to answer it and i don’t think im gonna get there but i also don’t wanna leave this ask sitting here and forget abt it again 😖 but it is SUCH a good ask and i really sincerely appreciate the question and what it’s going to do for me to answer it. i had kinda like an epiphany kinda thing over the summer abt my existential situation in my job and my job’s existential situation at my school and my school’s existential situation which is less a situation and more like… a brand and a way of seeing itself (ourselves?)…. Basically it’s the idea that ummmmm (cringe) everything is very up and coming and scrappy and whatever. and as it applies more to me within my work and to my work within our school / institution (cringe) / whatever and the politics of that it’s like… actually struggling to be seen and having to work against forces that are actively (though perhaps unintentionally and DEFINITELY unintentionally when it comes to me -> my work) trying to make u small and keep u hidden… idk it was just a helpful and empowering way to think abt how all of those struggles are connected by a same thread and also to see my own story in the story of the entity that is [insert name of work tag 2] which is rly starting to be less up and coming and more… Up. hope that makes sense lol
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kenyatta · 5 months ago
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What might recursive self-improvement look like for human beings? For the sake of convenience, we’ll describe human intelligence in terms of I.Q., not as an endorsement of I.Q. testing but because I.Q. represents the idea that intelligence can be usefully captured by a single number, this idea being one of the assumptions made by proponents of an intelligence explosion. In that case, recursive self-improvement would look like this: Once there’s a person with an I.Q. of, say, 300, one of the problems this person can solve is how to convert a person with an I.Q. of 300 into a person with an I.Q. of 350. And then a person with an I.Q. of 350 will be able to solve the more difficult problem of converting a person with an I.Q. of 350 into a person with an I.Q. of 400. And so forth.
Do we have any reason to think that this is the way intelligence works? I don’t believe that we do. For example, there are plenty of people who have I.Q.s of 130, and there’s a smaller number of people who have I.Q.s of 160. None of them have been able to increase the intelligence of someone with an I.Q. of 70 to 100, which is implied to be an easier task. None of them can even increase the intelligence of animals, whose intelligence is considered to be too low to be measured by I.Q. tests. If increasing someone’s I.Q. were an activity like solving a set of math puzzles, we ought to see successful examples of it at the low end, where the problems are easier to solve. But we don’t see strong evidence of that happening.
Maybe it’s because we’re currently too far from the necessary threshold; maybe an I.Q. of 300 is the minimum needed to increase anyone’s intelligence at all. But, even if that were true, we still don’t have good reason to believe that endless recursive self-improvement is likely. For example, it’s entirely possible that the best that a person with an I.Q. of 300 can do is increase another person’s I.Q. to 200. That would allow one person with an I.Q. of 300 to grant everyone around them an I.Q. of 200, which frankly would be an amazing accomplishment. But that would still leave us at a plateau; there would be no recursive self-improvement and no intelligence explosion.
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art-of-mathematics · 10 months ago
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Did you ever consider Schrödinger's cat inside a klein bottle? Welcome to the fucked up recursive thought pattern. It contains itself within itself.
Thoughts from beyond my inner klein bottle *laughs mathematically*
“‘I am alive!’ said the cat’s corpse inside the klein bottle.”
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fooart42 · 2 months ago
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Circles in recursion
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can-i-quote-you-on-that · 7 months ago
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Life with a cheat code isn't life.  Our existence isn't something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of pain.  That's what it is to be human - the beauty and the pain, each meaningless without the other.
Recursion (Blake Crouch)
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