living computation / Dave Ackley

Thank you Dan

I loved Dan Dennett.
Fuck that I love Dan still
he's just dead.

We overlapped at Tufts
a 1970s undergrad me

but we never met until
a 1990s workshop at
the Santa Fe Institute

spinning alife models
and riffing about what
it all could mean.

He became a mentor to me
Wrote a letter for my tenure
we became friends of a sort
with only rare meetings and
emails and precious calls

Our last emails were in 2021
"Carry on!" he wrote,
his last words to me
And I replied "My King!"

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20 Apr 2024
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