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What singing fruit flies can tell us about quick decisions
Date:3/20/2014

unpredictable at first glance can really be thought of as almost a deterministic calculation, just one with several inputs," Samuel said.

"We like to think of ourselves as something other than machines, and that our thoughts and actions aren't entirely prescribed by quantifiable inputs," he said. "But it's not impossible that we are unconscious of most of the inputs that we are processing. And if we are, we might be much more predictable and less capable of whimsy than we give ourselves credit for. If we could stand outside ourselves, and plot all the input variables that go into our behaviors, we might find ourselves more like the predictable fruit fly, this would be paradigm shifting."


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