Great to see (and hear) this high quality conversational content! Awesome :)
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@HeavensRevenge: Thanks for watching! (and I was just jabbing you about the ladies comment). I like the Brian-Dan combo best for TWC9. Good humor, smart perspectives and they invented the show (Greg Duncan does the heavy lifting around content, of course). I'll always fill in when needed, as a favor to my friends. I'm looking forward to Brian's return.
@NodeAtTheEdge: Life is a fine answer. Good thinking! That said, like energy, life is not immune to entropy... Still, the answers are suitable, at a high level (and the question was lofty to begin with).
That should be correct, Matt. A quine returns it's implementation (itself as code in the programming case).
There are more answers! Keep them coming.
Sure, in its simplest form, recursion can be function (input) -> side effect (output) -> function input (side effect (output)) -> you're passing side effects into f and computing f with that data until some state is reached (unless you're infinitely computing...). So, in this case, a result is passed to itself (function), not itself, which is the basis of the question (by definition, a side effect of x that is x is x).
A function, f, that returns f would be a sufficient answer to this question. Or would it? More interestingly, as Erik Meijer answered ( he did the homework, too ), energy, e, could be a correct answer. How so?
PS: On an unrelated note (or is it? Is knowledge a side effect of itself?), did you read the history of 0/1 based indexing? What do you think of the author's take?
I just have to yell... STL!!!!
Another awesome installment. Thank you, man. Such a treat to have you do your thing on camera, on C9. That's rock and roll, all around.