All Else Is Halation

What does it mean to solve a problem?

We’d have to first understand what is a problem. To solve a mystery we know quite clearly it involves removing the covers to reveal something hidden, the shining of light upon a previous darkness. Curiously, our culture doesn’t have an equivalently obvious model for solving a problem (anything you think up of now doesn’t count). Thus we build from scratch: a problem requires two parts. First, a drive or a desire to move something to some location. This is not technically a given. In mystery there is but one truth; for a problem it matters not which goal you seek. Second, an obstacle which adds difficulty in moving the something to that location. This obstacle has the opposite properties of the one in mystery. In mystery the nature is gradually learned throughout the process, its location is the final piece, and everything…

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