Buridan’s Indecisioning

Buridan’s Principle: A discrete decision based upon an input having a continuous range of values cannot be made within a bounded length of time.  Leslie Lamport

Everyday example: “You’re walking down the street and realize, to your chagrin, that you’re on a collision course with another person walking toward you. You swerve to the right, only to realize that your counterpart is doing the same. Hesitating for a second, you try to figure out which way to go, but your legs somehow keep moving you forward, bringing you inexorably closer to a collision. Finally, when you’re only an arm’s length apart, you do the obligatory awkward dance and find a way to go around each other. What happened here?Link

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