BISC: re: The Vodka Principle


Subject: BISC: re: The Vodka Principle
From: Michelle T. Lin (michlin@eecs.berkeley.edu)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2000 - 21:57:28 MET DST


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Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
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To: BISC Group
From: L. A. Zadeh <zadeh@cs.berkeley.edu>

        Most of you are familiar with the well-known hammer principle:
When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
        
        Recently, I saw a TV program beamed from Moscow. What I saw
suggested to me an improvement on the hammer principle.
        
        First, a description of what I saw. A man walks into a
pharmacy in Moscow and tells the man at the counter, "I have a bad
knee. It hurts so much that I cannot sleep at night. It is killing me.
Can you suggest something that would help me?" "No problem," answers
the man at the counter. "Here is a bottle of Stolichnaya vodka. It
will take care of your knee."
        
        Another man walks in and tells the man at the counter," I have
terrible headaches. I cannot sleep at night. I am going crazy from
pain. Could you suggest a medicine?" "No problem," answers the man at
the counter. "Here is a bottle of Moskovskaya vodka. It will solve
your problem. No doubt about it."
        
        What is seen, next, is the shelf on which medicines are
displayed. What you see are bottles of different brands of vodka.
Nothing else. And now, the statement of the Vodka Principle: No matter
what your problems is, vodka will solve it.
        
        Have a good time with vodka and get rid of all of your
problems.
        
        
                                As always,
                                
                                Lotfi
                                
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Lotfi A. Zadeh
Professor in the Graduate School and Director,
Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC)
CS Division, Department of EECS
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1776
Tel/office: (510) 642-4959 Fax/office: (510) 642-1712
Tel/home: (510) 526-2569 Fax/home: (510) 526-2433
email: zadeh@cs.berkeley.edu
http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/People/Faculty/Homepages/zadeh.html
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