It's soothing to realize that my mind's processes are inherently uncontrollable.
If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations, the study of computer science can tell us about the kinds of natural phenomena that can occur.
One of the nice things about science fiction is that it lets us carry out thought experiments.
Lately I've been working to convince myself that everything is a computation.
Some ideas you have to chew on, then roll them around a lot, play with them before you can turn them into funky science fiction.
Unfortunately our nation, nay, our world, is run by evil morons.
A computation is a process that obeys finitely describable rules.
If you think of your life as a kind of computation, it's quite abundantly clear that there's not going to be a final answer and there won't be anything particularly wonderful about having the computation halt!
But how does it feel to plug into a system that's say, a million times as smart as a person.
I like to do things that are surprising and different.
I think dry nanotechnology is probably a dead-end.
If all else fails, there's always print or web zines.
Traditional science is all about finding shortcuts.
All living things are gnarly, in that they inevitably do things that are much more complex than one might have expected.
Now, being a science fiction writer, when I see a natural principle, I wonder if it could fail.
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