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Old May 21st, 2013 (6:27 PM).
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Maybe, maybe not. Maybe everything can be predicted with a good enough mathematical model. However, operating under that assumption isn't useful. It doesn't get us anywhere. It's just... details. It's an interesting question, but in the end, we still "decide" in every way that matters, even if those decisions might be predictable with enough information.

I love this kind of thread and would love to see more of this sort of discussion, by the way.
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