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The perfection myth
Imagine how it must feel to get something so right that there are no flaws, no deviation from expectations, nothing but pure unadulterated perfection. Is it even possible? Is perfection a myth? Imagine for a moment Beethoven's original score of his magnificent 9th symphony. Here's what it looks like: Perfection would seem to be following every note and notation exactly as written. Perhaps something best left to a machine trained to never deviate from the score. And yet I doubt that Beethoven's 9th as rendered by a machine would be perfection. In fact, I'll bet we'd probably scrunch our faces at what we heard. Perhaps perfection is like beauty, in the eyes and ears of the beholder.
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