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it bothers me to see so many people (including myself), we “learn to code” and all of a sudden we are only able to see the world in terms of finite determinate sequences of quantifiable actions. the act of modelling the world inside a computer diminishes the world, erases huge parts of it that we have willfully made ourselves blind to.

it’s one thing to be like me, someone who knows i am blind, someone who knows that for people untainted by this damage, the world is in some ways richer.

it’s another thing to have this blindness and insist your perspective is somehow more real, more rational, more objective. that stuff is a virulent scourge

@zens I dunno.

I mean yes, it is a cult. But that may just be the culture around it. Actually I'm pretty sure it's mostly down to culture, since it involves humans.

I don't think the code cares. It does it's thing.

@monsoonrains i mean, yeah i basically agree. but the full nuanced thing that i think doesn’t make for a striking breif soundbite.

@monsoonrains I am attempting to capture the style of brainwashing it requires to believe the world is fully simulatable- and the faith to feel it is within one’s grasp.

i used to say “brain damage” but i somehow feel this may be an ableist analogy now

@zens I keep thinking about this post and remembering that there used to be a strain of programmer culture that was ironically & playfully aware that models and ontologies are always partial. And then wondering if I’m just being a nostalgic old fart.

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