Monday, January 18, 2010

A String, Doubled

“Really, what is complexity?” said the minotaur, moving a pawn forward. “Layers. As you add the layers, your structure becomes more complex. Yet each layer in itself is simple.”

“I’m not sure I agree,” said Theseus. He considered, then shifted his bishop. “Complexity comes from decisions. Comparing options requires processing capability, knowledge, and luck. In a word, wisdom.”

The minotaur regarded the board solemnly. “It’s true. With each choice we make, we close a dozen doors. In the end, it seems as though the whole was inevitable.” He stood, horns brushing the ceiling.

“Yes,” said Theseus. He drew his blade.


Loren Eaton said...

Don't you love the combination of philosophy and imminent violence? Perhaps that's why I enjoyed Collateral so much.

Scattercat said...

It was a pretty fun movie. Don't know that I'd ever watch it a second time, but it was enjoyable.