What’s your favorite thing about you?

Hi Laurie,

My favourite thing about me – is my brain.

I like the way it works.

I like that it cares deeply about people and about life more broadly.

I like the ways it cares little about social agreement, much preferring agreement with reality.

I like the ways that is finds pattern, and the way it can form images of pattern that are deeply recursive in nature, letting me do things like look out the window at mountains, and see their beauty, then start to overlay known fault systems, then bring in subducting plates, and the torsional forces of the 3D tearing and folding that such things create on a curved surface.

I like the way intuitions appear to me, and the way my brain can sort through hordes of rational explanations to find one that fits the intuition, and do so as fast as I speak, so that very few people can see what is actually going on. Then I can start to consider how likely such a thing is, and what sort of test might confirm or deny it.

Over 50 years of that happening has taken me a very long way from anything that is common in terms of understanding of systems.

And my brain does like odd things. I like Tom Lehrer’s songs, and Pink Floyd.

Seeing your post title reminded me of a joke Jewelia bought home when she was about 5 years old:

How do you catch a unique rabbit?

You ‘neek up on it.

How do you catch a tame rabbit?

Tame way – you ‘neek up on it!

Somehow – that always makes me smile.

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) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see
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