Lately I've been working to convince myself that everything is a computation.
Computations are everywhere, once you begin to look at things in a certain way.
A computation is a process that obeys finitely describable rules.
If you think of your life as a kind of computation, it's quite abundantly clear that there's not going to be a final answer and there won't be anything particularly wonderful about having the computation halt!
If we suppose that many natural phenomena are in effect computations, the study of computer science can tell us about the kinds of natural phenomena that can occur.
All living things are gnarly, in that they inevitably do things that are much more complex than one might have expected.
Unfortunately our nation, nay, our world, is run by evil morons.
I think dry nanotechnology is probably a dead-end.
Science fiction writers put characters into a world with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
It's soothing to realize that my mind's processes are inherently uncontrollable.