Sunday, September 24, 2006

L'Homme et la fourmi /reaction

Excerpts from Pi's reaction to L'Homme et la fourmi:

  • The reason for the overpopulation of boys to girls can be explained in many different ways: more boys so they can grow up and die young and then the equilibrium is restored, more boys because girls are a b*tch to deal with growing up, more boys because nature is misogynist, but the truth, in my opinion, is that...[censored]. -- While the equilibrium reason could be true (and satisfies my theory of nature's probabilistic way of insuring survival of the species), the other theories do sound much more interesting..

  • Man does not have a choice to live in a society or not. He is born and is conditioned to live in society; he has the choice to keep going or to change. The fundamental difference between man and ants is not the choice, defined by probabilities, but by the possibility for change. You can have choice without change but not the other way around. Thus the critical instant is not the choice, for it could lead to no change, but the change itself, for it was preceded by a choice. -- Yes. Freedom is the ability to choose change.

  • You described quantum physics as the existence of probabilities and being governed by them. But isn’t that freedom? The minimal probability that one kid with chronic asthma from Rosario who was a brilliant medical student chose to drop a life destined to be great in Argentina to radically change his life and the life of millions of people worldwide in millions of different ways. Freedom is not from the outside in; it’s getting rid of those mental, psychological and other controllable limitations to understand that we have the freedom to change.
    Animals have the choice to move within their limitations.
    Man has the choice to change his limitations.
    -- Yes. Now that I'm getting to think about it more, I realize that an individual has some margin for change (to some extent predetermined by probabilities). Now think of the human species at the level of Society, as an entity fighting for its survival, just like any other ADN-coded species. But even more complex, more organic, more layered, and subject to more internal variables (societal, cultural, economical, etc). At this level, ability to change (at the level of individuals) is just one more probabilistic factor. It is actually similar to relatively rare occurences of mutations and crossovers in genetics, which (probabilistically) add some randomness to ADN evolution.

  • Fuc* the bird... be free.