particular attention to Kenneth Udut : you’re probably older than me, and I feel a sort of child-like amazement in front of searching devices which my rather aloof generation somehow lost. Your way of dealing with problems reminds me of a locksmith which I find also amazing. You definitely are more curious about stuff and more capable of dealing with opposing views, fascinating…
Wow, thank you so much Andrei! That means a lot to me, it really does, as you are doing things I can’t do which impresses me!
I’m 45, got online in 1989 when I was 17, got my first computer in 1983 at 11 and learned algorithms (programming) before I was in “Pre-Algebra”.
[so, certain things about mathematics always puzzled me, such as elimination of variables. I still don’t understand how anyone can do that because in a program, you have to keep track of all of them]
Before internet, I was always at the public library and memorized the “Dewey Decimal System” and had a mental index of where the information could be found in a library and could walk over there, even if there were no books in that category at that library.
I’m insatiably curious. I *have* to know, not just from one or two perspectives but from all of them.
I have yet to find my own perspective as I’m still constructing it on whatever data I can find. But as I’m a part of the very system itself and not removable from it, I still have to keep my perspective in mind even if I don’t know what it is completely.
In my quest, I’m the uncertainty.
I think I’m more like an index or pointer than someone with any depth of knowledge in any field. For example, my 5 year old niece found a Rubiks Cube with numbers on it. 1-9 and gave it to me because she thought I’d like it.
I said “thank you”. I played with it a little and put it down. Do you know how I solve Rubks Cubes? I take them apart and put them back together.
I can tell you the optimum way to solve it would be to cut through diagonally front to back, solve one diagonal half than the other, but only because that’s a heuristic I use in general. [cut things into diagonals and solve. If the diagonal is too big, make more diagonals to create more triangles and solve them like eating pieces of pizza].
But I can’t do it myself.