Algorithms vs heuristics

My work with clients is based on a heuristic approach, rather than an algorithmic approach.

Algorithms are useful for specific problems requiring specific solutions. Coordination of humanitarian relief is a good example.

Self discovery, however, isn’t a specific problem with a specific solution. It’s an open journey. The heuristic is there to help with the journey.

Let’s view the above through the lens of game theory ...

There are two basic perspectives on life:

P1 - Life is an infinite path of self discovery

P2 - Life is a finite sequence of processes

And there are two basic modalities for life:

M1 - Infinite heuristic

M2 - Finite algorithm

Game theory would suggest that P1M1 and P2M2 are balanced pairings. It’s up to you, of course, to pair your perspective on life with an appropriate modality.

Keep in mind that P1 and P2 can be true at the same time.

P1 is a more subjective and qualitative perspective, whilst P2 is a more objective and quantitative perspective.

Think of these perspectives as you would your left and right eyes. Holding both perspectives together is like having stereo vision.

In practice, this means embracing the heuristics of self discovery alongside the algorithms of your Apple Watch :)