"Every perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination."

-- Gerald Edelman, Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge
1 Executable books3 Executable booksExecutable booksHow can we develop transformative tools for thought?2020-10-18JournalResults like these will challenge the intuition of some users. But instead of those challenges being on the basis of easily-ignored abstract arguments, users can immediately engage with Norvig's model. Suppose someone doesn't like the idea that the initial distribution of wealth doesn't affect long-run wealth inequality. They're challenged to find a counterexample, an initial distribution of wealth which does affect long-run inequality. They can experiment easily, making simple modifications to just one or a few lines of Python code, trying to find instances where the initial distribution matters. No matter whether they succeed or fail, they will build a better understanding of the problemSufficiently motivated reasoners will, of course, ignore any conclusion they don't like. Such people are most likely a lost cause to serious thought.. Continue reading…