Treadmill

Question of the Day ~ August 21, 2013 ~ Treadmill Rats

Can you think of something that could disprove Solomon’s often repeated contention from the Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:9:
“The thing that has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.”
Are we, as a race, like rats on a treadmill?

To me, that saying is incorrect in a very narrow sense, yet it is a close enough approximation to be a useful truth in most situations.

It appears that there are infinite classes of concepts and algorithms that have not yet been instantiated in reality, yet few people encounter such things in ordinary life.

For all of us, the vast majority of what we encounter and distinguish is stuff that has been familiar to humanity for as long as there has been humanity.
Thus there is a great deal of wisdom about the human condition in ancient stories and mythology, even if there is very little to be found in them about the subject of cortical neurophysiology.

The default condition of humanity seems to be something akin to rats in a treadmill, and it is not a necessary condition.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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