Tuesday, November 18, 2008

things humans have trouble dealing with

The human mind has serious trouble dealing with a couple of inherently difficult things:
  • the exponential function.
  • higher spatial dimensions.
  • self-awareness or self-reference.
  • ugly infinity (the non-countable kind).
Does this have anything to do with the cost of emulating those specific algorithms?
Is anything that cant be run in O(n) time on the brain inherently tough?
I guess if we reduce the domain enough, a lot of things end up being run with O(n) time on the brain... at least with enough practice...
Anyone else want to point another shortcoming? Or any another idea regarding the issue?
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