Programming and Philosophy: Not so much different as they seem…

Huo Philosopher by Spiros Kakos (Huo)

What is common between programming and philosophy?

Well, at first glance… nothing!

Yet, if one scratches below the surface he or she may find some peculiar correlations.

People like philosophy.

Because they like to ask questions and seek their answers. Because they are interested in the major questions of humankind and would like to reach that holy grail we seek since we were born: Truth.

People like programming.

Because they like to create things that work. They like it because it enables them to bring life to their ideas and to an extent, even touch the idea of life itself via artificial intelligence and neural networks.

In both cases the most primitive of instincts are the cause of our actions.

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Instincts that make us “do things”.

Instincts that make us “create things”.

Instincts that make us ask and then answer. And with every knew answer, seek ways to ask new questions and improve the answers even more.

That was since the dawn of civilization our best quality.

And our tragic fate.

Always on a quest.

Creating things.

Destroyers of the worlds.

Perhaps we were programmed to be like this.

And that is why we constantly try to be free…

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