any philosopher would strangle me for this I'm sure but I can absolutely see why working with computers seems to persuade laypeople like me that questions about whether the universe is fundamentally deterministic or not don't practically make a lot of difference.

in theory a computer is the definition of a solvable knowable set of processes and nearly all of it is designed to be known or knowable by *some*body, but introducing even a moderate level of complexity to a deterministic system makes it do things that seem completely unpredictable (both intentionally and otherwise.)


and I don't mean this to excuse weird unjustified leaps like thinking language algorithms are sentient and people are complicated computers, but I do understand why regularly working with things that give the appearance of volition would be persuasive

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