Thursday, April 26, 2007

Random Thoughts --Fuzzy Logic

I do not like "Fuzzy Logic" in real life.

"Fuzzy logic" , defined in the terms of Artificial Intelligence Theory , allows subjects to belong to "Fuzzy sets". Which means that if the glass is half-empty or half-full, the glass is member of two groups which are actually contradictory -- "not empty" as well as "not full"

Which is all very well in theory.

What do you do with people who live in fuzzy logic? For people who don't answer a question with a simple "yes" or "no", but with a sort of answer that could be either -- or nothing connected to the matter at hand?

"Would you like to join us for lunch ?"

"Actually, I have a meeting with Mr.Bigshot X in the evening at 5 PM today, and I think he is....."

What does that mean? Is he too busy to join us for lunch?

"So, you wont be able to join us?"

"Actually, when I got up this morning , Ms.Attractive from your group had called me...."

Well yes, she is there for lunch. So are you coming ??

"So, you would be joining us ?"

" Actually ...."

Can you tell me whether I have to make a reservation for you or not? Apparently not. At this point, I make the decision.

" OK, so I am not including you in the reservation. Sorry you cannot join us. Hey... I am getting another call... talk to you later, bye!". CUT.

The whole point of decision-making for these people seems to be to avoid taking a position that you can be tied down to. Putting your leg in both boats so that you can argue that you are in either... or neither... as the situation demands.

And my stand on that is not ambiguous. I don't justify it saying "Well, there are reasons...". I say that it's a waste of time to talk to people who cannot answer a straight question. Trying to help them decide is like trying to hold on to an eel.

Sometimes it is not irritation I feel but pity. So many people today don't seem to know what they want or what they feel.

Do you love your job? "Uhmmm..."
Do you want a change? "I guess ..."
Do you love your wife? "Yeah ... hmmm..."
Do you want me to kill you?"Well..."

Yes, that may be overstepping the line. But I think there may come a time when that might be the response to the question. Why live when you are not sure if you want to be living? Or if you are indifferent to it?

I do not say that there are no grey areas in life. Sometimes it is required to allow both possibilities to exist. But I feel that is heavily over-used -- as an excuse to avoid taking responsibility for a commitment. So that if one boat sinks, the other is still available. So that if both boats sink, you can argue that you were not actually in either one. And if one boat wins a race... well, you were a part of it too, right?

But the truth is this: You may get the credit of winning a few, be able to escape the consequences of losing a few. You may be safe most of the time and escape the worst when things are bad. You can compromise on taking a firm stance, you can live in the big grey cloud of fuzziness that is neither here nor there... But that safety too comes at a cost.

What would happen to our country in a war if the commander when asked if the battalion should attack, responds "Maybe"? When it's your life on the line and the jury responds to "Is he guilty?" with "Well, it could be either way..."?

In times of War or Peace, those who lead are not those who are designated with the authority to lead. The leaders are those who can take decisions, who can justify them, who can stand by them, who can take responsibility for them. They are those who can look at another straight in the eye and live by the conviction of what they believe in. They are those who have faith in God, and themselves and their decisions. They are the ones who can move mountains and change the world.

In the end, it's your life, and if you want to spend it on the cliff with a glider, not able to make the decision to let go of the ground, that's the choice you make.

Have you seen the view from the mountaintop as you glide down? Oops, I am sorry you missed it :-) !

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At April 26, 2007 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there right and wrong deciions ?well to start off would say it's weak & strong decisions.So it's a question of whether u can back your decisions with a strong belief.. that what it takes one to make things happen.And then it becomes the right decision.So fuzzy logic & greys is where u live all your life if you missed out on experiencing this.
Meanwhile while one's busy gliding down from the mountain top don't miss out on the lunch :p

At April 27, 2007 12:48 AM, Blogger Jeseem said...

nice rapid fire post.
sm people find it hard to take decision. unfortunately being tough with them doesn't solve the problem most times.
also all decisions are relative :)
I mean we make decision based on what can bring us more happiness ( on relative terms)

At April 27, 2007 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey... that is something you have given to think having an introspection now..thanks anyway... Keep up your good writing!!

At April 27, 2007 6:45 AM, Blogger Aneeshji / അനീഷ്ജി said...

should i post a comment or not :-) may be.!!!

We are always presented with choices in our life... whether you like it or not you have to take decision on each choice... even ur fuzzy generation but they hate the second part coming with every decision... the responsibility of the outcome...

we take a decision, weak or strong, enjoi the fruits of ur action...!!

At May 02, 2007 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A decision is made when it is required keeping in mind the result it fetches!
In life, we make decisions, at every juncture ..when faced with a problem. Being fuzzy never helps..but when convinced it is wrong, we should be ready to review the wrong decisions, to minimise the damage it brings..and to come back to the right direction...

At May 12, 2007 12:00 AM, Blogger Fameesh said...

Hey Deedi,

Your thoughts remind me of the times i have been in doubt, whether to come along when you al were going out or stay back... Its sad i didn know how you felt then, coz i would have enjoyed the fact that it irritates you:)... Just kiddin.

I can accept people who live in greys, but i'd respect those people who come out of them when it comes to the most important decisions in life...

That is where i shall always respect you my dear sis.

At June 26, 2007 11:14 AM, Blogger Broken Heart said...

cool post there...

i do agree with it, and really admire the way u put it... as u said, the ability 2 make a cut and dry decision, and to stand by it is the quality of an able leader.

but the question that comes to my mind is that we arent leaders every step of our lives...personally i think that for a person to succeed in life, he has to show a little diplomacy. most of the time we give undecisive answers when we dont want to hurt the other person's feelings. at least, i can say that for myself...

so i guess, rather than a radical approach and saying yes or no to a question everytime, or take a totally undecisive approach as u had mentioned.... its better to take the a path somewhere in the middle... cos if u take the 2nd option, it means that ur not a person who can be trusted with anything... and taking the first option makes us less human and more like computers... they only understand 1's and 0's...

just a thought... thats all...

At October 12, 2007 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is one not able to answer a straight question? Have we become too artificial to the extent that being artificial has become natural? Is it possible to live in this (mad brutal) world with complete awareness that you do not have any confusion about anything?


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