On Computable Numbers

In 1936, in his famous paper ‘On Computable Numbers,’ Alan Turing announced, ‘It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence,’ and then showed how – at least in principle – to build such a machine.

‘Any indefinite function,’ ‘any computable sequence,’ – that simple word any holds here a vastness perhaps equal to the universe, or your consciousness.

-Vikram Chandra, Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty

The importance of dirt

Creative life starts with dirt.  You take your dirty laundry, metaphorically, and metaphorically put it out there for everyone to see.  Nothing worthwhile that is creative is accomplished without digging into the subconscious, and it is dirty in there. I would like to think that we learn this first as children, mucking around in playgrounds. I don’t think that’s true. The creative connection with play is forged there, along with a sense of cooperation with playmates, and fighting with playmates, and together making something or destroying it. It is valuable, but it is missing the courage, the element of skilled daring that is required to dig into dirt and come up with something memorable that is not just more dirt.