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thirteenTHE BIG PICTURE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2007

A review of Dreaming in Code, by Scott Rosenberg (Three Rivers Press, 2007)

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Eyes work using a page-fault mechanism. They're so good at it that you don't even notice.

You can only see at a high resolution in a fairly small area, and even that has a big fat blind spot right exactly in the middle, but you still walk around thinking you have an ultra-high-resolution panoramic view of everything. Why? Because your eyes move really fast, and, under ordinary circumstances, they are happy to jump instantly to wherever you need them to jump to. And your mind supplies this really complete abstraction, providing ...

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