Thursday, September 8, 2011

Metaphors for No Free Lunches

From the excellent 'The House Wins', by OK GO, a wonderful metaphor for the strong form of the No Free Lunches principle* :
Ice age upon catastrophic ice age of selection and only one result has trickled in...
The house wins.
Oh the house always wins.
If evil were a lesser breed than justice after all these years the righteous would have freed the world of sin.
The house wins.
Oh the house always wins.
The house wins, and you lose. No matter the game, no matter the circumstance, no matter if you're sure you're figured out a system - doesn't matter, the house will win.

I love it! It's almost as good as Bob Dylan's metaphor for opportunity cost.

*Granted 'No Free Lunches' is already a metaphor, so this is more of a meta-metaphor.

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