Sparsensess Principle

Principle
“The Sparseness Principle: When relatively simple processes produce similar things, those things will tend to be identical!” (Communication with Alien Intelligence)
“Whenever two relatively simple processes have products which are similar, those products are likely to be completely identical” (130, Darwin’ Dangerous Idea)
Explanation
“Consider the set of possible processes, which Minsky interprets a lá  the Library of Babel as all permutations of possible computers….Except for a Vanishing few, the Vast majority of these processes ‘do scarcely anything at all.’ So if you find ‘two’ that do something similar (and worth noticing), they are almost to be bound to be one and the same at some level of analysis.” (130, Darwin’s Dangerous Idea)
Source
Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett

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