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14 Year Old Self

I have long believed that consciousness grows more through duplication than modification, meaning our old selves get to rumble around in some sort of execution-constrained mental version control system. It’s one of the things I expect will someday be demonstrated as a purpose of sleep — a given instantiation can only run for so long — and nicely explains a bunch of oddities about the human condition, like regression under extreme stress and the entire sensation of nostalgia.

I bring this up because I’m quite sure I felt my 14 year old self start yelping with joy at Mathomatic. See the examples for details.

(Yes, I know about Mathematica, and the obtuse but brilliant HP48G. This is about a thousand times more straightforward…if someone ever ported this to a SAT-legal calculator, things would really get interesting.)

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