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The algorithm theory

A few years ago, I wrote a short paper on a theory that I had created. I didn't do anything with that paper, and can't find the original now anyway, so I'm going to write what I can remember of it, and hope that it makes sense.

The definition of an algorithm from the Oxford English Dictionary is "a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer". We often see this in real life, when computers are designed to make decisions in lieu of actual people, based on a set of criteria, for example when applying for a bank loan.

In today's world, with the constant barrage of images and ideas from advertising, films, the news, magazines, and social media, our brain works its way through a series of questions, and more likely than not, ends up with the result "you are not good enough". And I believe that the brain goes through this algorithm hundreds of times a day, every day. No wonder we are left feeling unhappy, unsatisfied, unworthy etc., when our brain is constantly telling us we're not good enough.

As with everything, the first way to solve a problem is to recognise it exists in the first place. So once we recognise this algorithm is taking place, then how can we stop it? The best way is to override it with human interaction. And fortunately for us, we have a human on hand 24/7 to step in and say "no, I'm overriding this process, and the decision that I'm making is you are absolutely good enough. Our human (i.e. ourself) may be inspired to do a little bit of tweaking (growth) but that is a personal choice and not a decision made by our computer.

Thank you for listening.

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