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Re: Changing Society, Startups, (My)Self -
"But surely the how is less relevant than the fact that you can. Either you accept that once I communicate your choice your free will magically disappears, or you accept that by changing your mind you simply create a different future. I will read up David Deutsch now." - David Semeria
Re: Changing Society, Startups, (My)Self -
"I'm sorry Albert, but like I said, you've got me thinking. Let's assume you have a choice between A and B and that the world is 100% deterministic which means I could in theory predict your choice and tell you what you're going to choose. But at that point what's to stop you changing your mind?" - David Semeria
Re: Changing Society, Startups, (My)Self -
"Well you can't change past choices, but those in the present and future remain rational choices made by you -- and they will take into account any desire to change. Look at it this way: your free will is hard coded into your life path. I'll stop now. It's been enlightening." - David Semeria
Re: Changing Society, Startups, (My)Self -
"What I'm trying to say is that in a completely deterministic world your decisions may well be hard coded -- I find that term more useful than "predetermined" -- but they're still your choices, because your brain arrived at them through a deterministic cognitive process based on the available inputs. True, you can't change those choices. But why would you want to?" - David Semeria
Re: Changing Society, Startups, (My)Self -
"If nothing else you've got me thinking Albert. You're saying that I'm not really free to choose between information A and B because the choice is already hard coded into my life path. But that doesn't leave much scope for rationality. What if we assumed that given such a choice I would always make the most rational decision? My life path now is simply the most rational path out of the world of all possible life paths (to paraphrase Pangloss). Put in other words, perhaps you wouldn't want your life path to be any different than it is?" - David Semeria
Re: Changing Society, Startups, (My)Self -
"I suppose the debate hinges on the nature of determinism in our lives. I can accept that given the same inputs our brains will produce the same outputs, but I cannot accept that we have no control of the inputs." - David Semeria
Re: Changing Society, Startups, (My)Self -
"I don't see any tension between a person's ability to change and the notion of free will. You seem to frame free will in terms of determinism: given the same input, a person will generate the same output, rinse and repeat. But free will is nothing more than a person's ability to control their own thoughts and actions. The fact that this process may or may not be deterministic I find irrelevant. The key point is that we are free to seek out new information*, and since our opinions and actions are a function of our accumulated experience, we must therefore be able to "change" whenever we see fit. I suspect the issues you are facing are more to with determinism in general. If you take the laws of physics to their logical conclusion, then our lives are (at the minimum probabilistically) preordained. But as I mentioned above, there is no conflict between free will and determinism. You're still in control of your own life. It just means that if you lived your life again, you'd do the same..." - David Semeria
"Hi Jerry, I think the real question is how deep do the values go? I've met quite a lot of people who were model citizens when the sun was shining but when their back was against the wall, the facade fell quickly away. It's the difference between surface and substance, and -- in my humble opinion -- it's the true measure of a man (or woman)." - David Semeria
Top of the todo list tomorrow: write a Scala class loader. What happened to the f*cking jet packs?
Re: Fearful Friday: When Will This Bull Market End? -
"You probably meant "shirt", but in this context "shit" works too ;-)" - David Semeria
Re: Paul Graham Dropping Serious Wisdom -
"Total truth" - David Semeria
Re: Paul Graham Dropping Serious Wisdom -
"Top quote: ...and you prosper only to the extent you do Or as I tweeted a while back: Riffing on Descartes: it's used therefore it is" - David Semeria
Re: Good morning New York! -
"Attaboy!" - David Semeria
Re: Good morning New York! -
"Very nice!" - David Semeria
Re: Fred Wilson Dot VC -
"Then find the middle ground. There's always a solution. Well played Fred." - David Semeria
Re: The Next Big Thing? (Techonomy Detroit) -
"That was fantastic Albert! I disagree with many of your assertions (mainly in degree, not direction) but you deserve much credit for stimulating the debate in such a structured and logical manner. I also loved the choice of images in the presentation." - David Semeria
Re: Fred Wilson Dot VC -
"Can't help thinking you're glad to be back in NYC. This is why I think you're unlikely to retire soon. Even if you did, I don't think it would last long. Some people are lucky enough to love their work...." - David Semeria
Re: The Bitcoin Hype Cycle -
"What do they *want* or what do they *think*. Now, there's a question..." - David Semeria
Re: Audio Books – Late To The Party -
"If had a long drive with just my wife, I'd go for War and Peace." - David Semeria
Super interesting talk regarding A/B testing at Etsy cc @awaldstein @fredwilson
Re: - - Setting Kids Up to Fail -
"Great post Charlie. As a parent I think about these issues a lot. The reverse of the coin is that modern kids have a lot more discipline. I did whatever I wanted -- which is both good and bad." - David Semeria
"How old is he? Scala is definitiely not for the feint hearted..." - David Semeria
Re: Rubicon. - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. -
"Something will come up Carl. Probably when you least expect it." - David Semeria
Re: Today, September 10th, Is A Day Of Protest -
"Spotty, very good Dave." - David Semeria
Re: Documenting A Trip -
"There are 7 tips in that list and they're in 6 different languages. The language issue isn't really felt in the USA, but it's a big issue in most other places. This is one of the few areas where European startups have an edge over US ones." - David Semeria
Re: Goodbye Italy, hello France -
"Be careful if you go to Nice. On the surface is looks less dangerous than Genova, but the opposite is true. I was once at a red light when some kid tried to open the passenger door to steal my wife's handbag (the door was locked). Numerous friends of mine have also reported similar stories. That said, Nice is a lot of fun. The old market is great (if a little touristy) with some great restaurants. One of my favorite places (it's not in the market) is Cafè du Turin which is great for lunch. Boiled lobster and shelfish, etc." - David Semeria
Re: Casale, Alba, Piazza Duomo and Piedmonte -
"I was wondering if you would make it to the Langhe. Best food in Italy, by a country mile. It's a pity you're a couple of months too early for the truffles." - David Semeria
"I love Genoa, its edginess is typical of many port towns and reminds me in particular of my hometown, Liverpool. Tourists generally flock to the far eastern part of the town which is very pretty and quite safe. That said, I can imagine how walking though the centre of Genova could be unnerving for the uninitiated. Just remember that person-person violence is extremely rare in Italy. You're infinitely more likely to have your car broken into or bag stolen in a restaurant." - David Semeria
Re: World Order -
"Attaboy!" - David Semeria
Re: World Order -
"I recall Fred saying that he just wanted to chill with Joanne, which seems very reasonable to me. But then again you're right about the fish baked in 5 salt, it's worth crossing an ocean for!" - David Semeria
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