Finding A Paradigm
- Hello Everybody,
I little over a year ago I suggested that we can understand the
difference between procedural (deductive) and non-procedural (inductive)
approaches by thinking of ourselves as "running a multifractal" in
either the generating direction (much ado about very little) or the
compressing direction (the way to elegance). This, perhaps, is the
reason why programming is akin to poetry.
There's now an expansion of that train of thought, bringing in the
alchemical and artistic traditions as well as examining the bias
towards deductivism in most cultures, available at:
with a tarball at:
Chapter 1 expands on the thinking of a year ago.
Chapter 2 makes links to ADHD diagnosis in schools, and may interest
anyone who has wondered about the now proven relationship between
autism and having engineers as parents.
Chapter 3 seems to connect to the link Pascal posted a while ago about
a "revolution in logic". It may contain practical examples of this very
Chapter 4 might be considered science fiction, but at least it suggests
one way that the universe could have ended up with the properties we
observe - and at least it's internally self consistent!
The rest only makes sense to those who are at least entertained by the
From our point of view, it offers no easy answers. Great programs will
continue to be as rare and as precious as great poems - but at least we
can know why this is so, and can forever give up the search for simple
procedures to do our awareness for us!