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DukeZhou

I know almost nothing and am interested in almost everything. (This problem is compounded in that I learned that the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know. I'm working on a function for that;)

Some years ago I made the mistake of taking Joseph Campbell's advice and "following my bliss" (whatever that means lol;) which I don't recommend (if you enjoy creature comforts;) but I'm happy because every day I get to think about an inexhaustible set of novel, intractable problems.

My greatest weakness is lack of formal mathematics, which leads to my greatest strength of not knowing what is easy and what is hard. (If I can't solve a problem I always assume it's a function of the limits of my own rationality.)

I enjoy thinking about how computers do math and I always favor addition over multiplication, multiplication over division, because I like whole numbers, but not excess heat. I have recently re-discovered fractions!

I'm obsessed with n-dimensional partisan Sudoku and optimal decision making in conditions of severely bounded rationality.

My favorite subject is indeterminacy arising from complexity only, and how to generate such complexity compactly, and the nature of uncertainty in nature (chaotic systems & quantum stochasticity).

I like to approaching everything starting from first principles (mainly because I'm lazy, but also because it can be fun to re-invent wheels. [See: Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote] Anyone who has spent time thinking about how one might go about making actual wheels knows what I'm talking about;)

I'm extremely fond of parentheticals (in particular those that end with semi-colon emoji, which is my favorite emoji;)

Goals: To describe Sudoku as a "set of sets that are ordered in relation to each other" (so that the constraints are intrinsic) and to understand why I want to do that.

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