Friday, March 14, 2008

Fractal Wrongness

 

From Kuenwoo Lee (may not be original) ...
Fractal Wrongness

The state of being wrong at every conceivable scale of resolution. That is, from a distance, a fractally wrong person's worldview is incorrect; and furthermore, if you zoom in on any small part of that person's worldview, that part is just as wrong as the whole worldview.

Debating with a person who is fractally wrong leads to infinite regress, as every refutation you make of that person's opinions will lead to a rejoinder, full of half-truths, leaps of logic, and outright lies, that requires just as much refutation to debunk as the first one. It is as impossible to convince a fractally wrong person of anything as it is to walk around the edge of the Mandelbrot set in finite time.

If you ever get embroiled in a discussion with a fractally wrong person on the Internet--in mailing lists, newsgroups, or website forums--your best bet is to say your piece once and ignore any replies, thus saving yourself time.


The image is "borrowed" from Jeffrey Shallit's blog Recursivity [Fractal Wrongness]

3 comments :

  1. Fractal wrongness: Now let me guess: Are you thinking of anyone in particular of being fractally wrong? Hmmm can't think of any obvious candidates....

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  2. Thanks. I'll have to use this motivational poster!

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  3. Actually it's more of a Demotivational poster.

    http://www.despair.com/viewall.html

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