When people ask why bother with combinatory logic, knowing that it maps so poorly to silicone, to the point of making it quite useless - I think of Thoreau's

“This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.”

@neauoire HN folx generally seem to just enjoy armchair criticism. :/

@neauoire Lambda calculus is used in computer science and CS is used to build real systems so the argument is weak :-). Also who can predict in advance where a bifurcation can lead to?

@neauoire I don't get it -- silicon-based integrated circuits are basically just combinational logic. Add memory to combinational circuits and you have a computer.

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