Confessions of a researchaholic

September 23, 2009

Life and Monte Carlo sampling

Filed under: Imaginary,Real — liyiwei @ 10:47 am

I spotted this very interesting article today from a friend’s facebook posting.

I thought about this very similar issue before, and I could not resist the analogy between life and Monte Carlo ray tracing: each individual is a like a stochastic ray that samples a particular path, and in the end a grand entity (e.g. God for the creationists or natural selection for the Darwinists) renders the future by summing up all our individual contributions. In both cases each individual is allowed to sample only one path; there might be imperfections for each individual path but the grand entity only cares about the soundness of their joint statistics.

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