Thursday, September 22, 2005


Consider this situation :

You are in a fix. You are facing a problem: there could be two solutions to it, either ignore it, i.e. do not let it bother you, or take it on left and right.

The problem is difficult if taken head on. There is every chance that when attacked from front, it will worsen. The problem is cryptic, in the sense, if it worsens, you can't really figure it out easily.

In any case, the problem remains a problem unsolved. This is how---

If you go by the first method, where you think ignoring the problem could be one of the solutions, you'll never know if that worked.

If you go by the second method, you know it's going to worsen no matter what you do.

Is there a solution to this meta-problem?

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