#### λ-calculus

##### Documenting my journey to the sewer

- Oct 24, 2023

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But I think there's more to intelligence than the ability to discern the right approach to a problem faster than others: There is also the ability to come up with approaches to solving a problem that nobody else could have come up with. Thoughts processes that are so convoluted and complex, there's no way the average person could have come up with that, even if you gave them infinite time. I think this second thing is what truly makes the difference between an average mathematician and a world class famous mathematician who will be remembered for ages to come.

Personally, I don't feel like I have this ability to come up with super mind blowing ideas. In all of my years of living, I have never had an idea that made me go "woah I really knocked it out of the park with this one", I feel like all of my thoughts processes are so linear and just what anyone would do if they had the same information I have. I mean maybe not anyone, after all the average person really does truly suck at math, but like I feel like any competent mathematician could have come up with that same idea no problem.

Ultimately I think that's ok, after all, I don't need to be a super famous genius mathematician to be happy, or to advance the field of math. Truth is people like me that are smart enough to understand complex math, but not smart enough to come up with the next big idea that will revolutionize entire fields of math, are still needed to make progress. There are millions of people with the same level of math ability or better than me, and even though we will no be coming up with any brilliant ideas, we can chip away at math problems so that perhaps a truly smart person can one day fully solve it.

Thanks for listening to me ramble.