Hi guys, this seems to be a nice forum. This morning I woke up with some interesting thoughts that I would like to share with you all. Hope some interesting and fun discussion will come from this.
GNU mathematics - math with a sense of humour
As we now reach a situation in the open source community where there is an abundance of distributed ledgers under development, matematicians of all kinds could have a field day making them all communicate with eachother.
I propose we create a forum of people who are geeky natural scientists with a sense of humour. Let me explain what I mean by humour in this context!
When I was in my teens some twenty years ago, my uncle who is a civil engineer gave me a book that would change my thinking forever - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Addams.
Until that day I had been kind of a serious child. I learned in kindergarden that the world was under great threats from nuclear wars and environmental problems of all kinds. For these reasons I was afraid.
After reading the book a kind of lightheartedness appeared in me. The sense of humour given to us by Douglas Addams has a geeky quality that comes from a deep and somewhat distanced understanding of the complexities of nature.
My uncle also gave me one more piece of information that I have carried with me since my teenage years - the Tit for Tat strategy. He gave me an article about a contest that had been set up between programmers. The contest was about creating algorithms for solving the prisoners dilemma. According to the article the Tit for Tat strategy always won the contests. The strategy is very simple: always co-operate unless you meet someone that did not co-operate with you on your last encounter. In this case the strategy says not to co-operate - on this one occasion. The next time you meet this same individual however - you co-operate again.
I propose we create a community that has the addamsian sense of humour and the Tit for Tat strategy as the two fundamental guidelines. Into the community every one who wants to contribute is welcome.