Quote #26

Freedom is just a tool to choose a different set of constraints


Two tigers and a philosopher

One day a philosopher was passing through a forest. He encounters a tiger with a tiger cub calmly lying down with their chins touching the ground. The tigers see the philosopher and offer a very dumb look. The philosopher says, “Look at yourselves lying down with absolutely nothing to do, no clue of what’s going on, not good enough brains to think, leave aside thinking about thinking, merely existing.”

The tiger blinks and the cub blinks twice. He continues speaking contemptuously, “Does your species even ask questions like – why do we exist and”

The tigers ate the philosopher.

Smart recollection

This particularly very small incident made me write this.

I was having a chat with a senior(and a Morgan Stanley colleague from IITB – Swappy) about books, specifically this book – Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid and surprisingly also a bit on why I haven’t blogged for a while. After getting a basic idea about what the book is all about, I started reading a basic introduction to it. Suddenly, I saw the author’s name – Douglas_Hofstadter

And something clicked- I have heard this name before, “Hofstader… Hofstadter”, I said to myself, trying to pronounce it properly. And I remembered, there is something known as the Hofstadter’s law

It says –

It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account the Hofstadter’s Law.

Awesome law! So obviously I was interested in finding whether this was the same Hofstadter who wrote the above mentioned brilliant book. Well, the probability of two brilliant “Hofstadters” writing amazing things about somewhat similar things seemed low to me. It turned out he is the same guy.

Cheers to the amazing connection(actually a simpler one as, it’s not very often that you hear the surname “Hofstadter”) made by my brain and the deducibility of the fact in seconds given the all-helping internet.

Also, this too helped me break the ice in a serendipitous manner as I hope to write more often.