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If you can’t program it, you haven’t understood it

I have settled on a simple test for judging claims (…) to have explained the nature of consciousness (or any other computational task): if you can’t program it, you haven’t understood it.


The field of artificial (general) intelligence has made no progress because there is an unsolved philosophical problem at its heart: we do not understand how creativity works. Once that has been solved, programming it will not be difficult.

— David Deutsch, The Beginning of Infinity, p. 154 and p. 163

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Show them the way

It’s often said that where there’s a will, there’s a way. What we overlook is that when people can’t see a path, they stop dreaming of the destination. To ignite their will, we need to show them the way.

— Adam Grant, Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater

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Leader or Tour Guide?

You are not a leader unless you are guiding people through the unknown to something better than they can imagine when they begin their journey. If you know where you’re going and how to get there, you’re a tour guide.

— Robert Ellis, Coaching from Essence

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