Complete solutions to life’s little problems

One of the nice consequence of the finiteness of human existence is that there can exist complete solutions to some of our problems.  For example, I used to leave the gasoline (petrol for non-Americans) cap of my car on top of the gas pump every once in a while.  This has now been completely solved by the ludicrously simple solution of tethering the cap to the car.  I could still drive off with the gas cap dangling but I wouldn’t lose it.  The same goes for locking myself out of my car.  The advent of remote control locks has also eliminated this problem.  Because human reaction time is finite, there is also an absolute threshold for internet bandwidth above which the web browser will seem instantaneous for loading pages and simple computations.  Given our finite lifespan, there is also a threshold for the amount of disk space required to store every document, video, and photo we will ever want.  The converse is that are also more books in existence than we can possibly read in a life time although there will always be just a finite number of books by specific authors that we may enjoy.  I think one strategy for life is to make finite as many things as possible because then there is a chance for a complete solution.

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2 thoughts on “Complete solutions to life’s little problems

  1. Of course, the flip side of this argument is that we will generate new, more complicated problems that will cause us worry or trouble, until they are solved by our older wiser selves or our younger, smarter offspring. And this is not to imply that this flip side isn’t a nice consequence in its own right–especially for anyone who thrives on having the next unsolved problem to work on (like a math professor).

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