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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Connecting the dots looking backwards = Teleology

I was thinking about something Steve Jobs said in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, that "you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future."

It struck me that this is simply Aristotle's long-lost idea of teleology: that a basic feature of reality is that things have ends, that there is a sort of "invisible hand" that guides things towards their ends. The dots somehow connect.


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