Tag Archive for ‘Fiction’

The Driver’s Seat, by Muriel Spark (1970)

  The central character of this book is Lise, a single woman in her mid-thirties, who most likely is psychotic. Lise works in an accountancy firm and decides to take a vacation somewhere in the Mediterranean, in an unnamed place. Although she does meet people (on the plane and at her destination), she seems unable to connect with anyone, while at the same time she is desperately looking for the […]

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The Novel as a Bayesian Inference Machine

A novel, or a story, can’t be anything of the sort. It can’t be a machine, or a process, whether this is doing Bayesian inference or not. The novel itself is not dynamic and it doesn’t take an input, doesn’t produce an output. But of course when the book is picked up and read by someone else, other than its writer, something dynamic does begin to take place. The story’s […]

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