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Those are some choice quotes, Mike. Christ.

Apparently flatland processes can filter out an understanding of flatland processes even when staring them in the face.

I mean, that's pretty amazing, but it just goes to show you, is a given person - even a given researcher - more concerned about being happy or understanding the truth? If the former, then Gilbert's book is cause for excitement, because it gives one hope of always finding happiness regardless of the circumstances. If the latter, then Gilbert's book is terrifying, because it describes humans as blithe idiots smiling their way thoughtlessly into the future, bouncing off every negative event unscathed and unaffected.

It's not that one has to choose one or the other. It's not an interpretive problem. It's that both are true and it's revealing which aspect a person focusses on.

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