X-Message-Number: 19907
Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 23:28:18 EDT
Subject: unique or trivial solutions

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Thomas Donaldson asked me:

> You claim that the solution is always unique. Is the solution of 
> high-order polynomial equations always unique? And since we use them
> often, is this nonuniqueness trivial or not?

Yes, I think it (the solution to a problem in living), if not unique,  is 
always trivial in a certain sense, which I didn't bother to make explicit but 
did (I thought) indicate.

The perpetual problem is: What should I do next? The answer: Whatever seems 
likeliest to maximize my long term satisfaction. If two or more alternate 
courses of action score equally, then any difference between them is 
personally trivial. 

Robert Ettinger


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